Moving into the middle of March—and the first week of daylight savings time—when winter is loosening its grip is a change for Mother Nature. Similarly, it’s an opportunity for change for humans as well. This week, Nicki ponders size, Lindsay thinks about small, and both Laurens looks homeward. Join us; I think you’ll like it.
Sometimes nothing is just what you want in a book. Well, not nothing exactly, but a relaxing, soothing book. And Lindsay Champion found that comforting read in a memoir whose essays are “almost entirely devoid of drama of any kind.” Dull? Not a bit. On the contrary, she found it a place in which to meditate on life’s small things, a literary comfort food that satisfies the urge to live within for a while in The Book About Nothing.
Novels long enough to be called “doorstops” are one of Nicki Leone’s favorite “genres.” Even though it means fewer books read in her lifetime, she has given her heart to books with “extravagant intricacy” and “gorgeous excess” of their imagined worlds. And this week she shares those doorstopper books she has not only read but often reread in In Defense of the Doorstop.
For her latest disrespectful interview, Lauren Baratz-Logsted turns inward, er, rather, homeward. Husband to her, father to their daughter, and YA author Greg Logsted allows himself to be put on the line in this playful, revealing dialogue between writers and spouses in The Disrespectful Interviewer: Dissing Greg Logsted. (P.S. Don’t forget to enter the contest to win Lauren’s latest book, Crazy Beautiful.)
Lauren Roberts puts her heart and soul into various things—some literary, some not—as life moves forward, backward, and in the case of mutual book love not far at all in Our Mutual Reading.