Displaying articles for: February 2013

Love Rocks: Exploring "New Adult"

Folks, we’re halfway through February and if you’re like me, the shiny and bright promise of a new year is already a little bit tarnished and we’re dug in, doing what we do, moving forward into 2013.  Working. Playing. Taking care of the kids, family… taking care of ourselves.


For me this new year was all about my writing and making time for things that I enjoy, like reading. And what have I been reading lately?  A whole lot of a newish romance sub-genre, something labeled ‘new adult’.  Which, to me, are stories revolving around the grey area—you know, the one between teenagers and adults.  That block of time meant for experimenting, finding yourself, making life-long connections.  A time where responsibilities are slowly beginning to pile up, but not so much that you can’t have fun.


I love this genre and today I’m going to share a few books I’ve read over that last month or so that, for various reasons, I enjoyed a lot.


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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.