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. Continue reading

Interview: Bestselling Author Jacquelyn Mitchard

My latest book fetish is edge-of-your-seat awesomeness – so I was happy as a clam to receive an ARC of Jacquelyn Mitchard’s What We Saw At Night. First, it’s a suspenseful and romantic journey with a kickass heroine, who uses a rare light sensitivity to her advantage by practicing extreme sports with her best friends – and working to solve a terrible crime. Continue reading

Book Review: “Between You and Me”

I’ve followed Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus for a decade now, ever since they burst onto the scene with the bestselling domestic tell-all The Nanny Diaries. Their follow-up, Citizen Girl, was also excellent, with a feminist protagonist struggling to stay employed while maintaining her values. I feel they’ve lost their edge in recent years, with books ranging from fair-to-middlin’ (The Real Real) to forgettable (Dedication) to freakng terrible (Nanny Returns. Shudder). However, when I saw their latest on NetGalley, I couldn’t resist giving the duo another shot. Here’s what I thought of Between You and Me. Continue reading

Smells Like Summer: Fragrances You Might Like To Try!

Let’s just say that the summer of 2012 is going to be, against a few or all odds, the very best summer of your life. I hope it is! And let’s just say you want a certain scent that says, “Yayyy summer” to you now, and reminds you of the good times when you smell it later. I’ve tried out a bunch of fragrances for you, and here are some you may feel like checking out!

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Ladyblogs You Should Be Reading: Roxane Gay

I first became acquainted with Roxane Gay’s writing through The Rumpus and HTMLGiant, where she often talks about fiction, its process, and also matters of gender and racial equality when it comes to the attention media outlets give writers. Currently, she is an assistant professor of English at Eastern Illinois University. The child of Haitian immigrants, she spent her childhood living in the Midwest, but also spent family vacations visiting Haiti. Her debut collection of short stories, Ayiti, interweaves different stories of the Haitian diaspora experience, and her work has also appeared in New Stories From the Midwest 2011, Best Sex Writing 2012, Salon, among many others. In addition to being the co-editor of PANK and the fiction editor of Bluestem, she runs her own small press, Tiny Hardcore. Continue reading

Always Be My”¦Pad-y?: Always Infinity Pads

Please join us in welcoming our latest crossposter from the awesome Hot Ink Reviews, the one, the only, the magnificent Rusty. You can find her post in its original context right here.

As a woman, there are certain products I need to use every so often that don’t get discussed too often in polite company or any company. Even the commercials for these products seem dedicated to obfuscating their true purpose, using a watery blue liquid to “demonstrate” their abilities. Continue reading