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A review of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast

This is the book-length version of a 12-page New Yorker cartoon that I loved so much I pulled it out to keep last March.  In the vein of Special Exits, another terrific graphic novel on aging parents, it deals with the gradual decline and eventual death of our parents. Basically, if your parents are lucky and in good health, the process can be very long, expensive, and emotionally and physically exhausting for all involved. I know this is all coming for me ...read more

Reviewed by Amy - Lakeview on
September 4, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Longbourn by Jo Baker

Do you love Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen? Do you enjoy the upstairs-downstairs drama of Downton Abbey? If so, you may want to try Longbourn. It is a delight to be transported back to the world of a much-loved novel. Though it is no easy task to expand on Austen, and a number of authors have tried with varying degrees of success, Jo Baker has done very well. She has taken the Longbourn home, the characters and story that we know and love, and ...read more

Reviewed by Amy - Lakeview on
August 19, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything by Barbara Ehrenreich

Though she’s been an out and proud atheist for many years, Barbara Ehrenreich, the rationalist, feminist, trained as a scientist, social critic, and writer, has actually been a secret seeker all along. While going through her papers in midlife, and coinciding with a cancer diagnosis, she discovered her girlhood journal, and in it a challenge to her future self: What have you learned since you wrote this? This book is the answer. Her parents and grandparents were fervent atheists, so when as a ...read more

Reviewed by Amy - Lakeview on
June 26, 2014 | 0 comments