The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence by Gavin de Becker

You have cleverness, dexterity, and creativity—all of which powerfully combine when you are at risk—if you listen to your intuition. Gavin de Becker, the Gift of Fear I’ve meant to read this book for ages. I finally finished it with my Silent Book Club and burned through it during my…

Olivia Joules & The Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding

Olivia Joules is a freelance journalist for the Sunday Times. Her editor has asked her to cover a fabulous Hollywood makeup line launch party. While there, she catches the eye of the sexy Pierre Feramo, who may or may not be an Al-Qaeda terrorist. What follows is her adventures around…

Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings by Shirley Jackson

I’ve always sought out stories about families – by birth or by choice – over the years. I’m talking about Shirley Jackson’s “Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings” (paid link). I commiserated with her stories about her family and the goofy stuff they’d suffered together. Even…

Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau

I’ve been following Guillebeau off and on for a few years now. I bought the digital version of $100 Startup (paid link) when it was on sale. I decided to support him further and get in on the ground floor by getting the ARC (advanced reader copy) of his latest…

After Dark by Haruki Murakami

Excellent book. I like to think of it as a post-modern film noir set in Tokyo, around two sisters named Eri and Mari. The story follows how their lives connect to each other, an old friend, an abused Chinese prostitute, the keepers of a “love hotel” that found her that…

Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter

American bookstore ninja/Darcy fangirl runs into Mr. Darcy in modern times on his turf. Hi-jinks ensue. It’s incredible how Jane Austen has impacted literature and how often writers have retold and redone her storylines over the years. I’m not a hopelessly obsessive fangirl, but I recognize her significance to literature…

Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

I first heard about the story from a Baby-Sitter’s Club book. True story. I think it was from one of Stacey’s books. So when I saw it at my used bookstore, Twice Sold Tales, I snapped it up for cheap. Patricia Ann Bergen is a 12-year-old Jewish girl living in…

Citizen Girl by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

This book chronicles the working escapades of Girl – unnamed because I assume the authors want us to know that she could be anybody, i.e., you and me. We follow her after graduation from college, subsisting in the Big Apple, and falling into the unemployed life predestined for us liberal…