A Thousand Mornings: Review Haiku

An excellent way
to spend a thousand mornings,
or maybe just one.

A Thousand Mornings: Poems by Mary Oliver. Penguin, 2012, 96 pages.


The Meaning of Life (Amelia Rules); Review Haiku

Have you not read
Amelia yet? If so, WHAT THE

The Meaning of Life . . . and Other Stuff (Amelia Rules #7) by Jimmy Gownley. Atheneum, 2011, 160 pages.


Gulp: Review Haiku

Spit to poop and
everything in between. (Go ahead --
make a fart joke.)

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach. Norton, 2012, 352 pages.


Carry me home to West Virginia

I'll be off the grid and very dirty for the next week, working with high school kids to repair homes with these guys: http://www.asphome.org/

Posts will continue in my absence. Think good thoughts for pleasant weather and no injuries!


Eleanor & Park: Review Haiku

Yes, it's nerds in love --
but it's romantic and
life-saving (really!) too.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. St. Martin's, 2013, 320 pages.


Life After Life: Review Haiku

Love me some McCorkle,
but this was a case of
wrong reader, wrong time.

Life After Life by Jill McCorkle. Shannon Ravenel Books, 2013, 352 pages.


What the Family Needed: Review Haiku

Superpower wish-
fulfillment at home: if Anne
Tyler wrote The Flash.

What the Family Needed by Steven Amsterdam. Riverhead, 2013, 272 pages.


Calling Dr. Laura: Review Haiku

Unfinished family
business becomes fodder for
a thoughtful memoir.

Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir by Nicole Georges. Mariner Books, 2013, 288 pages.


This Is What Happy Looks Like: Review Haiku

A classic daydream --
"A movie star loves me!" -- gets
the smart-girl treatment.

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. Poppy, 2013, 446 pages.


A Tangle of Knots: Review Haiku

When dystopian-YA
plot tropes meet a
middle-grade master. Sweet.

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff. Philomel, 2013, 240 pages.


On the Road to Mr. Mineo's: Review Haiku

Everybody's crazy
'bout a three-legged pigeon.
(No, not this one.)

On the Road to Mr. Mineo's by Barbara O'Connor. FSG, 2012, 208 pages.