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The Safety Godmothers

The Safety Godmothers

I wanted a fairy godmother when I was a young Cinderella. A fairy godmother has your happiness in mind. But fairies are hard to find. But now we have The Safety Godmothers, Ellen Snortland and Lisa Gaeta, who have our safety in mind. Their book, The Safety Godmothers: The ABCs of Awareness, Boundaries and Confidence [...]

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

Theo’s life turns upside down on a morning visit to the Metropolitan Museum with his mother, setting into motion events that are both traumatic and transcendent. Without giving away this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Donna Tartt, it’s impossible to say much more than this: a 400-year-old painting called The Goldfinch provides the anchor (in that [...]

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Madame Michel, the concierge at an exclusive hotel particuliere in Paris, believes the rich people she serves think her ugly and dull. She’s wrong. They don’t notice her at all. Madame Michel, in Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog, does her best to keep it that way by playing the stereotypical concierge. She wears [...]

The Amado Women

The Amado Women

From its shocking opening to its dream-like ending, Désirée Zamorano’s The Amado Women dishes out secrets, lies, and hurts as fast as we can gobble them up. Mercy, the family matriarch, rules over her three daughters not with an iron hand but with a constant hope that they’ll find happiness. Mercy’s secrets are old ones. [...]

The Stager

The Stager

With The Stager, Susan Coll has created a funny, crisp, self-aware farce that skewers Big Ambition, Big Pharma, and Big Housing Stock alike with the help of a literal-minded ten-year-old (Elsa), a rabbit who may or may not speak (Dominique), and a wry sense of English major humor and outsider wit. Elsa’s father Lars, a [...]

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

It’s England, late 1990s. In the beginning Kathy H., “Kath,” tells us that she is 31 years old and has been a “carer” for eleven years. She is a good carer, she boasts, and even gets to choose her “donors” sometimes. “Carer” and “donor.” It may be the 1990s, but we quickly understand this is [...]

My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag

My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag

A handy how-to-clean handbook for mature audiences only, My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbags And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha by Jolie Kerr is a breathless romp through cleanliness, which in this book is not next to godliness, but often a consequence of raunchiness. Kerr, a self-described “Clean Person,” dispenses plenty of solid — [...]

The Golem and the Jinni

The Golem and the Jinni

Making a world of “magical things” weave into our idea of reality is a skill. Maybe even more so when this magic is woven into not our present time, but our history, as we have set ideas and an understanding of what has already been. In The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker brings to [...]

Without a Net

Without a Net

Esther Bradley-DeTally has had adventures most of us will never undertake, nor would we want to. On a whim and a (literal) prayer, Esther and her husband Bill lived in Russia in the early 1990’s, for several months at a time, as missionaries of the Baha’i Faith. Bradley-DeTally’s Without a Net isn’t about the Faith, however. [...]

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Thirty-something Clay Jannon’s friends have designed world-famous websites, advanced touch-screen interfaces, work at Apple, and run their own companies. Clay, on the other hand, has won an award from the San Francisco AIGA chapter for his re-designed logo for NewBagel, a unsurprisingly stillborn business started by two ex-Googlers who thought anything they touched would turn [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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