Author Archives: Teresa

Black Water Rising

Attica Locke’s debut novel is a great example of why diversity in fiction can be such a pleasure. In many respects, it’s a typical thriller, with its reluctant hero, wide-ranging conspiracy, and multi-threaded plot that all comes together in the … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Mysteries | 8 Comments

The Lottery and Other Stories

There are too many people in these stories by Shirley Jackson—people who watch, people who judge, people who insinuate themselves into your life, people who leave, people who throw stones. Almost every story unearths some little bit of darkness in … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Short Stories/Essays | 15 Comments

The Far Side of the World

At the end of Treason’s Harbor, the ninth installment in Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series, Stephen Maturin sends a letter sharing his suspicions about a French spy in the upper ranks of the Royal Navy—to the actual French spy. On top … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Historical Fiction | 2 Comments

The Living

It took me a long time to read this novel by Annie Dillard, not because it isn’t good, but because the prose demands a slow reading and there’s little driving action to propel the reader forward. (It didn’t help that … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Historical Fiction | 12 Comments

Brown Girl Dreaming

Poetry is a perfect medium for memoir, as Jacqueline Woodson’s childhood memoir in verse attests. In Brown Girl Dreaming, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of her childhood, beginning before her birth in Ohio in 1963, moving through … Continue reading

Posted in Children's / YA Lit, Memoir, Poetry | 7 Comments

A God in Ruins

I love seeing one of my favorite writers get the praise she deserves, but I’m missing the old Kate Atkinson, with her dark humor and goofy narrative voices. I miss having fun reading her books. A God in Ruins, like … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Historical Fiction | 14 Comments

The Unspeakable

In the introduction to this essay collection, Meghan Daum writes that our societal discourse is “largely rooted in platitudes” and that her goal in the book was to get beyond the platitudes to discuss “the unspeakable thought many of us … Continue reading

Posted in Nonfiction, Short Stories/Essays | 12 Comments

The Philosopher Kings

As soon as I finished The Just City, Jo Walton’s marvelous story of a Platonic utopia gone dystopian, I began counting the days until summer, when the sequel, The Philosopher Kings, would be published. The first book chronicled the building of … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Speculative Fiction | 6 Comments

The Greengage Summer

Imagine taking your five children to another country all by yourself and then getting very sick and having to be hospitalized. Pretty terrible situation, right? So how would you cope? Would you leave them in the care of a random … Continue reading

Posted in Classics, Fiction | 16 Comments

Through the Woods

I love a creepy story, and this book by Emily Carroll offers five of them, all in comics form and all very, very creepy. These stories are short and lavishly illustrated, and I hesitate to tell you much of what … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Graphic Novels / Comics, Speculative Fiction | 9 Comments