Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘Literary’


Fierce Kingdom

Fierce Kingdom

It’s been fifteen minutes since I read the last line of Gin Phillips‘ Fierce Kingdom and still my heart is lodged in my throat. It’s described as a “thrill ride” and an “exploration of motherhood.” Yet, the word “thrill” has a positive connotation and the intensity of Fierce Kingdom is not a result of pleasure. As to the […]

A Stitch in Time

A Stitch in Time

“Living without language.” Can you imagine. In 2007, Pasadena native Lauren Marks woke up in the Critical Care Unit of Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland. She woke up into The Quiet. “I was an American actor, director, and PhD student in New York City, touring a show to the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh,” Marks […]

Favorite Pastime: Shopping for Books

Favorite Pastime: Shopping for Books

Our no. 1 favorite pastime is reading. We will forego swimming, dining, hiking, driving, playing, partying—almost anything—in order to tuck up on the couch or get comfy on the patio, with no one to interrupt, until we read “The End.” It’s our bliss, our heaven on Earth. Our no. 2 favorite pastime is shopping for books. […]

The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer

One City One Book programs take the idea of a localized book discussion club and expand it to cover a whole city, Michael Rogers wrote in 2002. The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller […]

Cellar by Minette Walters

Cellar by Minette Walters

Cellar by Minette Walters begins as a story of enslavement in modern day London that tugs at the heartstrings, then accelerates into a psychological thriller and becomes downright creepy. It’s claustrophobic, taking place primarily within the home of the main characters who hate, detest, and demean one another, yet cannot stop, cannot walk away. The […]

Century Books in Green St. Village & a Bit o’ Dark Chocolate

Century Books in Green St. Village & a Bit o’ Dark Chocolate

Century Books is for people who love books; love to browse, peruse and read a little; who like Persian rugs, wood floors, graceful tables, natural light, and old English-type, large muntin windows; who don’t mind stacks of books on the floor (similar to the stacks we have in our own home) and enjoy a good […]

Our Perfect Gift: A Book

Our Perfect Gift: A Book

We dream of a bottomless gift card to Vroman’s, endless armfuls of books hauled from the many Little Free Libraries around (only to be replaced or shared again, of course), a 2-week vacation where we’re grounded, directed to sit and read and only read (it must be a command in order to prevent the ever-looming […]

How’s Your Faith?

How’s Your Faith?

We’re all looking, aren’t we? We’re all trying to fit the pieces of our life puzzle together so it somehow makes sense, somehow fits. This isn’t the direction to which we would normally look, but maybe the book we read next is David Gregory’s… While David Gregory was covering the White House, he had the […]

Elizabeth Gilbert & Chelsea Clinton

Elizabeth Gilbert & Chelsea Clinton

Big names are once again on the Vroman’s schedule. On October 2, Vroman’s presents an evening with Elizabeth Gilbert at the Pasadena Hilton. She will be reading from and discussing her new book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, Gilbert offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. […]

Queen of Dreams

Queen of Dreams

Words are tricky. My mother had tried to teach me this. Once when I was persteringly insistent with my questions, she said, “Everyone breathes in air, but it’s a wise person who knows when to use that air to speak and when to exhale in silence.”   Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is […]

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