Interview: Author Stacey Ballis (Plus a Book Giveaway!)

Stacey Ballis: the author who enlightened me that authors are nice people! Read More Interview: Author Stacey Ballis (Plus a Book Giveaway!)

Mini-Reviews: “Who Done It?”, “Here I Go Again” and “Hooked”

When Chicago winter rears its ugly, black icy, snow swirly head, all I want to do is stay inside and read books. I don’t want to work. I don’t want to go out. I don’t want to get the flu, but that happened last week. But you know the great thing about the flu (after I passed out for two days, that is)? I got to stay inside and read books! Here’s what’s currently in my Lucille Bluth tote bag, and a couple others I just finished. Read More Mini-Reviews: “Who Done It?”, “Here I Go Again” and “Hooked”

“Off the Menu”: The Right Book at the Right Time

Every five years I look at my life.

It’s not something I schedule. I’ve always rolled my eyes at perfect type “A”s and their five-year plans. “That’s so not me,” I scoff.

Except maybe it is. Read More “Off the Menu”: The Right Book at the Right Time

Book Review: “Jeneration X”

I like Jen Lancaster. There, I said it. She’s not Dostoyevsky, we don’t see eye to eye politically and there’s no way I’d willingly move to the Chicago suburbs. But she’s neurotic and owns her quirks without being all “tee hee! I’m quirky, y’all!” Also, we shared a magical evening back when her second book was released. (And by “magical evening” I mean “I got drunk with her and her husband Fletch while they gave me life advice and bought me a prime rib sandwich.” Magical.)

This year, I wrote to Penguin and begged for Jeneration X. And on a stressful Friday, I came home and found my wish granted.

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