12.29.2011

FIVE: Birthday Haiku


Happy birthday to
my Turkey Boy! May you stay
forever insane.


12.28.2011

Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011: Review Haiku


Perfect for dipping
in and out of while on the
beach in Rio (sigh).

Best American Nonrequired Reading edited by Dave Eggers. Mariner, 2011, 528 pages.

12.26.2011

Why We Broke Up: Review Haiku


I think the New York Times
just ji$$ed in its collective pants.
Epic win.

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, illustrated by Maira Kalman. Little Brown, 2011, 368 pages.

12.25.2011

Merry Christmas!


From our house to yours.

12.23.2011

Breadcrumbs: Review Haiku


And another one:
Yes, it really is that good.
My Newbery pick.

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu. Walden Pond Press, 2011, 320 pages.

12.21.2011

A Tale of Two Castles: Review Haiku


A surfeit of classic
fantasy tropes adds up to
a middling tale.

A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine. Harper, 2011, 336 pages.

12.19.2011

Alvin Ho #4: Review Haiku


Surprisingly
touching, yet still wicked funny.
Marry me, Alvin?

12.16.2011

Secrets at Sea: Review Haiku


Is it sacrilege
to say I thought this was just
okay? Lurve the art.

Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck. Illustrated by Kelly Murphy. Dial, 2011, 256 pages.

12.14.2011

The Leftovers: Review Haiku


"Left Behind for atheists"?
-- probably too flip.
Solid Perrotta.

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta. St. Martin's, 2011, 368 pages.

12.12.2011

Little Bets: Review Haiku


Nothing shocking, but
a good reminder that
incremental change works.

Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries by Peter Sims. Free Press, 2011, 224 pages.

12.09.2011

Don't mind me . . .


. . . I'll just be in Rio for a few days.


12.07.2011

Darth Paper Strikes Back: Review Haiku


Multiple narrators
sometimes grate, but it's
ORIGAMI VADER.

Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angelberger. Amulet, 2011, 176 pages.

12.05.2011

12.02.2011

St. Paul's Advent Fair: TOMORROW!


Local peeps, stop by my church's awesome Advent Fair for terrific gift baskets, crafts, food, and a raffle for an iPad2!


11.30.2011

Divergent: Review Haiku


Does the world need more
dystopian YA? Well,
this one kinda rocks.

Divergent by Veronica Roth. Harper, 2011, 496 pages.

11.28.2011

Clementine and the Family Meeting: Review Haiku


Clementine returns!
(I vote for One-Ball Reilly
as a name.)

Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker. Hyperion, 2011, 176 pages.

11.25.2011

This Won't Hurt a Bit: Review Haiku


The first step in
Medical Memoir Addiction:
admit your problem.


11.24.2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


. . . from my Turkey to yours.



11.23.2011

Emmy and the Rats in the Belfry: Review Haiku


Good rats win, again.
(It's okay that I still find
them revolting, right?)

Emmy and the Rats in the Belfry by Lynne Jonell. Holt, 2011, 384 pages.

11.21.2011

Tales for Very Picky Eaters: Review Haiku


Funny for me? Yes.
Funny for the children? Erm . . .
maybe not so much.

Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider. Clarion, 2011, 48 pages.

11.18.2011

The Last Time I Saw You: Review Haiku


Nostalgia, and could-
have-beens, and surprisingly
honest life lessons.

The Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg. Ballantine, 2010, 288 pages.

P.S. Annoyingly Unanswered Question: WHY was this their last-ever reunion? HS reunions don't traditionally stop after the 40th, as far as I know. Everybody kept saying, "Oh, it's our last one!" but nobody ever explained why (except, you know, as a Convenient Plot Device, I guess). Irritating.

11.16.2011

The Borrower: Review Haiku


Reluctant kidnapper/
librarian gets in
over her head. FAB.

The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai. Viking, 2011, 336 pages.

11.14.2011

Sex on the Moon: Review Haiku


Too clever by half:
hardscrabble genius loses
everything for love.


P.S. Hyperbole much, Ben?

11.11.2011

Warp Speed: Review Haiku


Slow to get started,
but ultimately satisfying:
geek makes good.

Warp Speed by Lisa Yee. Levine/Scholastic, 2011, 320 pages.

11.09.2011

Bossypants: Review Haiku


YES, I'm the last person
to read it, and YES, it
really is that good.

Bossypants by Tina Fey. Reagan Arthur Books, 2011, 320 pages.

P.S. Happy birthday to my big sister! I can't imagine why this title made me think of you.

11.07.2011

Between Expectations: Review Haiku


Yes, I AM a sucker
for medical-school memoirs --
why do you ask?

Between Expectations: Lessons from a Pediatric Residency by Meghan Weir, MD. Free Press, 2011, 288 pages.

11.02.2011

Lucky for Good: Review Haiku


Careful, brilliant
conclusion to Lucky's Hard Pan
history. Enjoy.

Lucky for Good by Susan Patron. Atheneum, 2011, 224 pages.

P.S. Hate new illos. Haaaaate.

10.31.2011

Super Sad True Love Story: Review Haiku


Could not last thirty
pages in this hipster
douchebag fantasyland.

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart. Random, 2011, 352 pages.

10.28.2011

Knowing Your Value: Review Haiku


Fairly obvious
platitudes, repeated ad
nauseam, for girls.

Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You're Worth by Mika Brzezinski. Weinstein Books, 2011, 208 pages.

10.26.2011

The Summer Before Boys: Review Haiku


War and loss and love
and friendship, skillfully captured
in one tween girl.

The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin. S&S, 2011, 208 pages.

10.24.2011

The Adults: Review Haiku


Hated every
character, yet somehow did not
hate the book. Odd, no?

The Adults by Alison Espach. Scribner, 2011, 320 pages.

10.21.2011

Lexie: Review Haiku


Like Junonia, but
with rawer emotions and
more clueless grownups.

Lexie by Audrey Coloumbis. Random, 2011, 208 pages.

10.19.2011

Faith: Review Haiku


The mea culpas
don't come from where you think they
might in this stunner.

Faith by Jennifer Haigh. Harper, 2011, 336 pages.

10.17.2011

Going in Circles: Review Haiku


Roller derby girls
are HOT. That's really all I
have to say on this.

Going in Circles by Pamela Ribon. Downtown Press, 2010, 336 pages.

10.14.2011

A Tale Dark and Grimm: Review Haiku


All the cliches that
shouldn't work, do, in this smart
fairy-tale nightmare.

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. Dutton, 2010, 192 pages.

10.12.2011

Marty McGuire: Review Haiku


Tomboy Marty makes
princess play her own in this
charming new series.

Marty McGuire by Kate Messner. Scholastic, 2011, 160 pages.

10.10.2011

The Sublime Engine: Review Haiku


Surprisingly moving
biography of our
most important pump.

The Sublime Engine: A Biography of the Human Heart by Stephen Amidon and Thomas Amidon. Rodale, 2011, 256 pages.

10.07.2011

My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies: Review Haiku


High school theater geeks,
unite! This will feel oh so
very familiar.

My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies by Allen Zadoff. Egmont, 2011, 288 pages.

10.05.2011

Sidekicks: Review Haiku


Look! Up in the sky!
It's a crime-fighting hamster
and chameleon! Duh.

Sidekicks by Dan Santat. Levine/Scholastic, 2011, 224 pages.

10.03.2011

We'll Always Have Summer: Review Haiku


Love the emotions,
but are there really NO other
guys on Cape Cod?

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han. S&S, 2011, 304 pages.

9.30.2011

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour: Review Haiku


The best kind of love
story: slow, natural, and
full of cream soda.

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. S&S, 2011, 368 pages.

9.28.2011

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters: Review Haiku


Family drama
has never been quite so much
wicked, heartfelt fun.

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford. Scholastic, 2010, 320 pages.

9.23.2011

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: Review Haiku


Is it normal that
I found the pictures scarier
than the monsters?

Miss Pettigrew's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Quirk, 2011, 352 pages.

9.21.2011

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer: Review Haiku


Supernatural
crazy-pants-ness wins with its
charming nonchalance.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. Holt, 2010, 352 pages.

9.19.2011

The Social Animal: Review Haiku


Proves Forster's hoary
dictum has ring of truth to
it. Dense but snappy.


9.16.2011

Then Came You: Review Haiku


Weiner's latest had
me sympathetic right until
the end. . . . The hell?

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner. Atria, 2011, 352 pages.

9.14.2011

State of Wonder: Review Haiku


Rogue researcher sends
Marina into uncharted
territory.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Harper, 2011, 368 pages.


9.12.2011

Please Ignore Vera Dietz: Review Haiku


Label kids "damaged
goods," and they'll behave just like
you expect them to.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King. Knopf, 2010, 336 pages.