Category Archives: books

The best books of the year so far.

Last week I read Nina’s excellent review of her favorite books of 2014. It made me want to write my own. I realize I’ve mentioned several of these books before, but here they are in one place. I highly recommend her picks (some of which are mine, too!) and am eager to hear what you’ve […]


A shelf in my living room with some well-loved classics I was an English major in college and I’ve read a lot of books.  I keep a mostly updated list of what I’ve read recently here.  But still, there are so, so many books that I haven’t read and still want to read.  It’s not […]

Ziplining and online highs

This weekend was our annual visit to Conway to celebrate the end of the year.  I’ve got a post in my head that I want to write about the adaptability of traditions and the tension between ritual and new adventures.  So, I will save details for that.  But while I was gone, two great things […]

An American Childhood

Annie Dillard has been one of my very favorite writers for a long, long time.  A search of this blog’s archives brings up fully 2 pages of posts that reference her.  It is frankly inexplicable, then, that I hadn’t read An American Childhood before.  Perhaps the reason is that I was waiting for the precisely […]


I love book dedications.  They are always the first thing I read in a book.  One of the kindest things anyone has ever said to me is that I taught that person to always read the dedication in a book.  This was, naturally, written inside the front cover of a book that was a gift […]

Glitter and Glue

I am a big Kelly Corrigan fan.  Her video, with its tag line we won’t come back here, brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it.  I loved The Middle Place.  I have forced many friends to listen to me read her essay about turning 40, and her sustaining female friendships, which makes […]

Magical Journey – in paperback, and a giveaway

At the end of this post, there are details on how to win a copy of Magical Journey!   I am republishing this review in honor of Magical Journey’s paperback release.  Please leave a comment to be entered to win a free copy! To say that I was excited to read Katrina Kenison’s new book, Magical […]

Books: always the best gift

Books are always, without exception, my go-to gift.  Christmas is coming up, so I have some stacks downstairs, but I also turn to book for birthdays, hostess gifts, and sometimes for no reason at all.  Today on Great New Books I discuss my absolute favorite book of 2013, but I wanted to also share a […]

The HerStories Project

My friends are vitally important to me.  I’ve written about them ad nauseum, from examination of which points in life are the most fertile for making friends to love letters to my sister, my first friend.  I write less about the messy moments in my friendships, but rest assured, I have those too. I am […]

Women At Risk

It’s been a pleasure to meet many online friends in real life.  One of my favorites is Christine Koh, whose site Boston Mamas I am happy to contribute to.  Christine and I are the same age, we live in the same city, we have daughters who are contemporaries, and she is just all-around fantastic.  She […]