Inspired by ‘A Million Things’ by Emily Spurr

I’ll be blunt. A Million Things by Emily Spurr will break your heart. But know the following: even as you lie on your kitchen floor shattered and ugly crying into a dish towel after reading this remarkable book, you will be better for it. We all need a reminder that we aren’t alone, even ifContinue reading “Inspired by ‘A Million Things’ by Emily Spurr”

Book review and art inspired by ‘This Bright Future: A Memoir’

I found this memoir after looking at the NYT Bestsellers list. I went into it not knowing who Bobby Hall aka Young Sinatra aka Bobby Tarantino aka Sir Robert was. But I had heard of Logic, who rapped on Sam Smith track I liked a few years back. I remember thinking “wow, he really elevatedContinue reading “Book review and art inspired by ‘This Bright Future: A Memoir’”

Inspired by the ‘Arc of the Scythe’ Series by Neal Shusterman

Who knew death could be so much fun? What a creative and unique world Neal Shusterman invented for us through his Arc of the Scythe series. I ate this post-mortality concept up. How did he do this? I’ve read a lot of dystopian literature, and I think this one might be my favorite. It gaveContinue reading “Inspired by the ‘Arc of the Scythe’ Series by Neal Shusterman”

Review of Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

Well, damn. The true story of the Galvin family is as mind blowing as it is tragic. Quick note: I conduct Pre-Sentence investigations for the Court. Family of origin and mental health is always a big part to research for the report. These are serious crimes I cover, and at the end of the reportContinue reading “Review of Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family”

Lost Girls

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker was heartbreaking. Finally, a book that sheds light into the victim, and not the narcissistic killer getting off on the attention. This was adapted into a Netflix movie but is still very much worth the read, because the movie left out a lot of detail (whichContinue reading “Lost Girls”

Review: ‘Bunny’ by Mona Award

My Oprah nope meme makes a return for another bad book. I haven’t used it in a while, so it was a good run. Bunny by Mona Award tries too hard. I wanted to like this so bad. Story about an outcast graduate student who falls into the depths of a bitch cult? Count meContinue reading “Review: ‘Bunny’ by Mona Award”

‘Nightbitch’

When I heard there was a book coming out about a woman who thinks she’s turning into a dog, I knew it would be disturbing. And clearly, that makes it a must read. Nightbitch, a debut from Rachel Yoder, is the story of a stay-at-home mom living in the middle of the country who startsContinue reading “‘Nightbitch’”

The Mean Girls and the Monster

I’ve read, watched, researched, written reports and studied cults for years. It’s just one of those things that happens when you go to graduate school at John Jay College. Children of God, Manson Family, Branch Davidians, the People’s Temple, Rajneeshpuram. I’ve absorbed it all. And my overall take is this: groupthink can be a hellContinue reading “The Mean Girls and the Monster”

An ode to ‘The Other Animals’

The Other Animals, edited by Rachel Hamburg, is a collection of eight stories that gives a much needed shout-out to the underdog. Not literally a dog though, because if there is any animal that demands attention from humans – it’s those of the canine persuasion. We’re talking vultures, worms, scorpions, crows, whales, water striders. YouContinue reading “An ode to ‘The Other Animals’”

‘Piranesi’ review, inspired art, and dream cast!

Spoilers ahead (kinda): What a superb work of literature this was. An unforgettable story about a person who has forgotten. This was so richly layered, unique, and thought-provoking that I’m pretty sure this will be my go-to book recommendation to friends for some time to come. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke is the story of aContinue reading “‘Piranesi’ review, inspired art, and dream cast!”