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What We’re Reading


The Last Embrace

The Last Embrace

Over the last couple of years I’ve been devoting a fair amount of my fiction reading time to books set in my hometown of Los Angeles, and/or my adopted hometown of Pasadena. Because I’m a fan of mystery and crime novels, it’s easy to find lots to choose from — L.A. is hugely popular with [...]

I Love Trader Joe’s Cookbook

I Love Trader Joe’s Cookbook

This is a departure from the usual nightstand novels and nonfiction, but I just can’t resist sharing the charms of this goofy new cookbook by La Cañada gal Cherie Mercer Twohy. The cover and design are pretty dreadful, but they’re dreadful in the homespun spirit of Trader Joe’s, so I can forgive that. Her writing [...]

The Tale End of Summer

The Tale End of Summer

The other day an entering ninth-grader confided that he was excited to begin the year at a school that really valued learning; he was looking forward to being a student in a place where he did not have to keep his intellectual curiosity a secret. That warmed the nerdy cockles of my heart – and [...]

The Help

The Help

I’m taking the title of this section, “What We’re Reading,” seriously, because I’m posting about a book that I’m only halfway through. But I stayed up two hours too late last night reading it, and I can’t wait to get back to it tonight. So this is not a review, it’s a report on what [...]

The Scarecrow

The Scarecrow

Contrary to what many people think, not all women of my age and socioeconomic category read only what Oprah tells us to — or, for that matter, read only “women’s” fiction. Oh sure, I read the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and totally loved it, and I have Shanghai Girls on my nightstand (but stopped [...]

Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge

I don’t think I’ve ever cared about a contrary old sourpuss like I cared about Olive Kitteridge. She’s the common thread in the thirteen stories that compose Elizabeth Strout’s third book, Olive Kitteridge, winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Like most readers, I’m quick to fall in love with the protagonist who may [...]

Three Comedians Walk Into a Bookstore…

Three Comedians Walk Into a Bookstore…

By Sandy Gillis Busy summer? Time to read just one book before daylight savings time kicks in? Make it 1993′s Promise and Power: the Life and Times of Robert McNamara, a biography by Deborah Shapley.  It’s an especially important tome in understanding global economics and the U.S.’s involvement in Vietnam. Or if you don’t have [...]

Satellite Sisters Summer Reading

Satellite Sisters Summer Reading

We’re taking a break from our personal recommendations to share the wonderful Best Beachbag Books 2009 by the Satellite Sisters (one of whom is Pasadena’s own Lian Dolan). Personally, I’m running to Vroman’s right now to get The Help by Kathryn Stockett for my trip to the beaches of Lake Michigan next week, to celebrate [...]

The Bones

The Bones

Almost never do I have a great time reading a novel, talk it up to my husband, and then see him not only read it but love it. Such is the case with The Bones, which I discovered a couple of months ago when author Seth Greenland took part in a panel I attended called [...]

I Was Told There’d Be Cake

I Was Told There’d Be Cake

Colleen’s Fun Read for Summer I’ll pay any sum for a truly funny book, so to pay a mere $14 for the funniest book I’ve read in several years was a gift of grand proportions. Every single reviewer has compared young New York essayist Sloane Crosley — favorably — to David Sedaris, so I’m not [...]

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