Nitty Gritty Review: Good Talk

Good Talk is on the Bookish 2021 Reading Challenge. And (embarrassingly) I totally discounted it as a memoir, because it’s in graphic form. Which was so short sighted. Because the art is really both understated (sketches over photos) and integral to the story she’s telling. And it’s all created by the author—which I’m totally wowedContinue reading “Nitty Gritty Review: Good Talk”

Scholastic Book Fair Fangirl

Walking into the Scholastic Book Fair as a kid made me tingle with anticipation. All those Apple paperbacks lined up just so, each of them a whole little world contained in its pages. And then there were the scented erasers, which I collected like trading cards but refused to use. Ever.  At 9 years old,Continue reading “Scholastic Book Fair Fangirl”

Shitty Feminist

I’m a pretty shitty feminist. I don’t ground my writing in feminism because I’m deeply afraid of doing the whole thing wrong. Like I’m not academic enough. I don’t see the stamp of patriarchy & oppression in places where it’s so obvious to other feminists. But, look, I’m 45 years old. And I’m focused onContinue reading “Shitty Feminist”

Wild Quests & Small Talk

I suck at small talk. It’s taken me a long time to reckon with that truth. But there it is. I love people, though. I think they’re endlessly fascinating. But only if they’re telling me about things that mean something to them. This made me ill-suited for office potlucks. But uniquely suited to own aContinue reading “Wild Quests & Small Talk”

The Nitty Gritty: Clap When You Land

I hugged this book when I finished it. I just couldn’t imagine putting the characters down & walking away from them. I’m still not ready to let go… Even if YA novels aren’t typically your thing, this deserves a read. It’s a novel written in verse, which is pretty damn cool to begin with. It’sContinue reading “The Nitty Gritty: Clap When You Land”

The Nitty Gritty: Charm & Strange

I read the best books without having any idea why I really picked them up. In this case, the copy of Charm & Strange that I have at the store has library markings on it. For some reason, that makes it much harder to sell. So I grabbed it out of a pile of booksContinue reading “The Nitty Gritty: Charm & Strange”

The Nitty Gritty: She’s Come Undone

I picked up Wally Lamb’s She’s Come Undone on a whim. A mass market paperback version was just laying about in the store, in a pile of used books I was sorting to shelve. They don’t really sell for us, those little block-like books, so I figured nobody’d be itching to buy it anyway. SoContinue reading “The Nitty Gritty: She’s Come Undone”

The Nitty Gritty: Welcome to Braggsville

I’ll be upfront with you… I have aspirations of getting my PhD in Southern Literature. And, sure, there are lots of the Southern classics that I haven’t made my way through yet. But when I was looking at a syllabus for a graduate level Southern Lit class, I ran across Welcome to Braggsville by T.Continue reading “The Nitty Gritty: Welcome to Braggsville”

The Nitty Gritty: Ecology of a Cracker Childhood

I’ve been thinking a lot about place lately: how where we are from constructs who we are. And I’ve been drawn to books that explore place as internal landscape. My mother’s family is from South Georgia. Although I grew up in Florida, I always considered myself a dis-placed Southerner. According to my Northern oriented friends,Continue reading “The Nitty Gritty: Ecology of a Cracker Childhood”

The Nitty Gritty: A Short History of Women

Holy Good Lord. My feelings about this book are complicated at best. If you’d asked me any time over the past several weeks (and yes, I actually stretched out the reading of this novel for w-e-e-k-s, even though its only 237 pages) what I thought, I’d have told you I hated it. With oomph. AndContinue reading “The Nitty Gritty: A Short History of Women”