Advent Fair TOMORROW, 9-2!

Local peeps! Y'all should come to the Advent Fair at my church tomorrow. Marvelous gift baskets (which I helped make), handmade crafts, country kitchen, children's activities, silent auction, and a raffle to win an iPad mini. It's a one-stop shop!


Saturday, December 1
9:00am to 2:00pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
100 Pine Hill Road
Bedford, MA


The Casual Vacancy: Review Haiku

A dense, all-too-real
look at the pettiness of
local politics.

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling. Little Brown, 2012,


What Came From the Stars: Review Haiku

Like a Helen Vendler
lecture: riveting, but

What Came From the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt. Clarion, 2012, 304 pages.


Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick: Review Haiku

The profound and the
mundane, rolled together in
one takeout menu.

Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick: Ginny Davis's Year in Stuff by Jennifer L. Holm, illustrated by Elicia Castaldi. Random, 2012, 128 pages.


The Great Unexpected: Review Haiku

Just ignore the twee
connections and coincidences,
and trust Creech.

The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech. Harper, 2012, 240 pages.


Jerusalem: Review Haiku

drawings of life on the front
lines of God's city.

Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle. Drawn and Quarterly, 2012, 320 pages.


Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Review Haiku

Don't think about the
plot too much; just enjoy
the writing. (His parents!)

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, and a Very Strange Adventure by Lissa Evans. Sterling, 2012, 272 pages.


Remarkable: Review Haiku

Wanders a bit, but
the ride is enjoyable.
Plus, bonus: PIRATES.

Remarkable by Elizabeth Foley. Dial, 2012, 336 pages.


Almost Home: Review Haiku

Wise, adorable
homeless girl and her puppy.
Grab your hankies.

Almost Home by Joan Bauer. Viking, 2012, 240 pages.


Drama: Review Haiku

So nice to see the
backstage crew take center stage.
Plus, middle-school drag.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier. Graphix, 2012, 240 pages.


No Biking in the House Without a Helmet: Review Haiku

Inspiring and (thank God)
realistic about bad times.
Mazel tov.

No Biking in the House Without a Helmet by Melissa Fay Greene. Sarah Crichton Books, 2012, 368 pages.


Mad Women: Review Haiku

Real-life Peggy Olson
dishes on work, sex, and
martinis. Good stuff.

Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the '60s and Beyond by Jane Maas. Thomas Dunne Books, 2012, 272 pages.


The Templeton Twins Have an Idea: Review Haiku

Too clever by half,
but that's kind of the whole point.
Bring on Volume Two.

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea: Book One\ by Ellis Weiner. Chronicle, 2012, 232 pages.