The more I think about Mindy Kaling’s new book, the more I bow to Queen Mindy! I enjoyed Kaling’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, butThe more I think about Mindy Kaling’s new book, the more I bow to Queen Mindy! I enjoyed Kaling’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, but something wholly more subversive and kickass is going on in Why Not Me?.
In her signature breezy style, Mindy gossips about about sorority life (and why it wasn’t cut out for her), celebrity fashion, body image, dating, and romance, but underneath all that chattiness is a successful, driven woman who casually name-drops Barack and Michelle Obama and dishes about winning negotiations with powerful TV executives. And it all makes sense — Mindy’s at the top of her game in 2015: the director of her own show, the star of her own brand, the mogul of her own empire, and one boss bitch.
I’m a huge fan of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, and Diablo Cody, and now my heart is growing just a little bigger to make a Mindy-shaped space....more
This was fun and fluffy! Exactly what I wanted / needed to read after my book club made me read Franzen. Pros: college professor does her hot student.This was fun and fluffy! Exactly what I wanted / needed to read after my book club made me read Franzen. Pros: college professor does her hot student. Cons: it had a weird subplot involving an illicit sex trafficking ring (?). Overall: entertaining, and just a li'l bit steamy....more
When Rebecca Schinsky at Book Riot tells you to read a book, friends, you listen. Rebecca messaged me early one Monday to tell me about this great litWhen Rebecca Schinsky at Book Riot tells you to read a book, friends, you listen. Rebecca messaged me early one Monday to tell me about this great little book of stories set in Kansas where I live. The next day I had a copy in my grubby little fingers and was (literally) shoving it into other people's hands. (P.S. I'm sorry if I shoved this book into your hands.)
Milward is a protégé of Marilynne Robinson and Tim O’Brien, and it shows in the way he takes well-worn history book anecdotes and transforms them into something so human, raw, and immediate. I loved the stories about the Goat Gland Doctor who claimed to cure erectile dysfunction with, well, goat testicles, and the one about the man who built a cement Garden of Eden (you can still visit the landmark in Lucas, Kansas, today).
This is a weird, fascinating, and beautiful little book for anyone who appreciates history, litfic, or an awesomely crafted short story. I adored it — it’s one of my absolute favorites of the year. ...more
My mixed feelings about this book come down to the fact that I like to read for character more than for language. I've heard a lot of praise for GroffMy mixed feelings about this book come down to the fact that I like to read for character more than for language. I've heard a lot of praise for Groff's prose — and I get it — but, for me, it felt overdone and cloying. These days, I admire writing where the words know how to get the job done efficiently without getting in the way of the story.
This is a book with a Big Twist where you really have to believe that the characters are motivated to do the outlandish, surprising things that they do. And I just didn't believe them. The reader is told about great loves, great ambitions, great rivalries, and great revenge, but I felt like I was missing the proof. I needed more intimate moments to convince me that the Shocking Revelations made sense, but this is a book that seemed more interested in offering showy words. As a result, the writing felt uneven to me and the twists felt unearned.
I did enjoy Groff's irreverent moments (Mathilde throws down some excellent insults about eating bags of dicks) but I struggled with the weirdly objectifying sex stuff and the overdone tropes. There are several poor urchins who, after going through degrading sexual experiences, are driven to suicide. Several! I can handle this in writing when I fully believe in the characters, but it rubbed me the wrong way here.
I did like a lot of things about Fates and Furies, and one of my favorite things was Mathilde herself, who contains multitudes and embodies wrath. She's larger than life and complicated as hell, which we don't see enough of in literary fiction. I loved her rage and I loved that she wields it without apology.
But my favorite part in all of Fates and Furies was at the artists' colony in winter, toward the end of Lotto's section. This is where we see some of the characters at their most tender and vulnerable, and that is what I live for in stories. I wanted more of THAT. Groff did it so well, which made me wish that the whole book was that way.
But enough people loved the other stuff — the super-stylized purple prose — that I guess it just comes down to a matter of taste. This is one of those that, while it wasn't for me, I will definitely recommend to other readers....more
This book has it all: shipwrecks, sharks, and cannibalism. And it’s all true! The Essex is the whaleship that inspired Herman Melville’s classic (andThis book has it all: shipwrecks, sharks, and cannibalism. And it’s all true! The Essex is the whaleship that inspired Herman Melville’s classic (and one of my favorite books), Moby-Dick, and its real-life tale is stranger than fiction. After an 80 ton sperm whale repeatedly rammed and sank their ship, 20 crew members were left stranded in three tiny boats in the middle of the ocean. Spoiler: not everyone makes it.
This book is a doozy of a page-turner, and Philbrick does an incredible job digging into all of the nuances of life before, during, and after surviving such a mind-boggling tragedy. In the Heart of the Sea is a perfect companion piece to Moby-Dick, or a great stand-alone read for anyone who’s ever wanted to read Moby-Dick but can do without all that riveting whale taxonomy....more
We at Book Riot are all kind of stumped how to talk about the awesomeness of this Lit-Fic book about boyhood. The best I can do is: Read this. It hasWe at Book Riot are all kind of stumped how to talk about the awesomeness of this Lit-Fic book about boyhood. The best I can do is: Read this. It has Mortal Kombat and evil river spirits, and it will break your heart....more
Nimona isn’t the kind of person you’d normally root for. She likes murder and mayhem, and she’s a little bit evil. She works for Ballister Blackheart,Nimona isn’t the kind of person you’d normally root for. She likes murder and mayhem, and she’s a little bit evil. She works for Ballister Blackheart, the biggest name in supervillainy, whose nefarious plans include genetically modified dragons, kidnappings, ransoms, and explosions. Together, they’re two halves of a perfect buddy comedy — Blackheart is the straight-laced logical one, and Nimona is the loose canon with a punk rock sensibility and a little magic up her sleeve. At the heart of this weird, wonderful, and funny graphic novel from the co-creator of Lumberjanes is the message that you don’t have to be perfect or good to be loved — you can even be a monster.
If you like cats, sharks, or slightly offbeat humor laced with moral ambiguity, you’ll want to get your hands on a copy of Nimona as soon as humanly possible!...more