What is your contradictory read? July is #ContradictoryReader Month.

We all have books that we have read in private, and even worse, we may harbor a secret love for them. These books may have elicited taboo emotions, even though they are apparently contrary reads that don’t quite mesh with what we are traditionally thought to enjoy.  Personally, I have no such shame because I…

Review of Neverhome by Laird Hunt

Amazon/Barnes & Nobles/ Books-A-Million/Goodreads    Some books, dealing with hardened female protagonists, often skimp on the deep gender introspection, and oftentimes rely on the trope of the masculinized female heroine, who must completely divest of all feminine traits, to adapt in the male world. This psychological schism or divorce seems effortless, rewarding, and at the same…

When He was Fifteen Years Old…

Golden Boy: A Novel Abigail Tarttelin Atria Books/Simon&Schuster Amazon.com (Kindle Edition)/Barnes and Nobles (Nook Edition)/Kobo/IndieBound(Buy from local, independent bookstore!!) As it was in Jeffrey Eugenides’ brilliant Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Middlesex, the literary roots of Golden Boy can be traced to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book IV—the myth of the beautiful son of Hermes and Aphrodite. The “golden…

The Prince’s Poltregeist

I think fairy-tales should be inspiring, and that is why nearly all of them have happy, inspiring endings. They are meant to be ethically challenging and edifying. Not everyone will enjoy these, but I enjoy writing them, because they help me reflect on things in an allegorical way that I can’t quite write without writing…