A PICK OF                 THE MONTH

Undine, for the Wharton Win

My book group met on Zoom from April to December last year, and we’ll likely be doing the same for most of 2021. Struggling at the end of 2020 to choose a cheery title, we turned to a time-honored trick. …

1.24.21
A PICK OF                 THE MONTH

(We Need More) Poetry in General and Amanda Gorman’s poetry in Particular

One of my favorite things about reading the LA Times morning newsletter is that a poem is delivered with the news each day. I try to take a moment and read it because I want to support the effort to …

1.23.21

Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half

A story of two Black sisters from the south by an LA author
7.11.20

An Illustrated Guide to Chores +Some Parenting Hacks = Summer 2020?

Listen to two parenting experts on parenting hacks to incorporate into your 2020 summer
7.7.20

Lisa Damour Gives Great Advice

A conversation with Lisa Damour reveals a simple format for giving advice
6.7.20

Becoming

One of my coping strategies for the Covid-19 quarantine has been to listen to Michelle Obama read her autobiography Becoming on Audible. I walk with Michelle, I do puzzles to the sound of her measured storytelling, and I bake bread …

5.1.20

Pandemic Thriller: Too Soon?

I don’t know about you but during the quarantine, I’ve not enjoyed reading fiction the way I used to back in ‘normal times’. Anecdotally, my friends feel similarly and someone explained to me that it’s just too hard to project …

4.30.20

Books for Quarantining

Looking for some reading to take you through the COVID-19 quarantine?
3.22.20

The Overstory by Richard Powers

 

Richard Powers’ The Overstory is a big long read, as massive as the redwoods that he chronicles so lovingly. It’s easy to put aside, which I did for about 9 months after it won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for

2.23.20