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Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell -- Jan 2018 giveaway

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell — Jan 2018 giveaway

What I love most about Patty Yumi Cottrell’s writing: the sudden moments of humor within the bleakest of moods: A little self-knowledge can be a very productive thing, I said to no one. I am a very productive person, I said as I opened the windows of my shared studio… read more

December book reviews: End of year reads

December book reviews: End of year reads

Brief reviews of books by contemporary authors I read this month — along with photos of what I ate while reading. The list is ordered by the level of my enjoyment: Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini (Doubleday 2017) “Everyone said where they were and what they… read more

Chiara Barzini says fiction is your secret lover

Chiara Barzini says fiction is your secret lover

Every month, I interview an author I admire on her literary firsts. Coming-of-age stories set in Los Angeles: It’s a subgenre of sorts that’s growing in size, that holds within it wildly different books. I love these L.A. stories so much I wrote one myself — and read with a… read more

December giveaway: Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini

December giveaway: Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini

*** Winner selected! Congratulations to Melanie in La Mesa, Calif.! *** When I think of the ’90s, I think Nirvana, Beverly Hills 90210, and long stretches of childhood boredom. But Chiara Barzini’s debut novel reminded me that the ’90s was actually a rather violent and volatile time in Los Angeles,… read more

See you at a literary celebration 12/10

See you at a literary celebration 12/10

Celebrate the literary holiday season with me and last month’s featured author, David Rocklin! The two of us will be reading together at a very special event: a joint Library Girl and Roar Shack reading and celebration. Both Library Girl and Roar Shack are local monthly reading series that happen on… read more

November book reviews: A prince, a duchess, and a Harley rider

November book reviews: A prince, a duchess, and a Harley rider

Brief reviews of books by contemporary authors I read this month — along with photos of what I ate while reading. The list is ordered by the level of my enjoyment: The Gravedigger’s Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco, 2007) “That sensation of things-falling-away. Once the ice begins to crack,… read more