This print, created by illustrator Emily Winfield Martin, sits in my home office:
I’ve had it for a number of years now, but it wasn’t till recently that my husband told me he’s always thought of it, tone-wise, as a lot like The Shining meets Wes Anderson. This made me laugh. And it got me thinking about how Martin’s work—she’s illustrated three picture books and a novel thus far—is sometimes described as “whimsical” and “sweet.” Last year’s The Wonderful ...
Top Horror Graphic Novels
All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Eve - Halloween. That time of the year when the leaves are changing colors (the Aspens are gorgeous, btw), the chill wind blows in and we seek to be scared. Be it movies, haunted houses, ghost hunter shows on tv or the books we read, we love to be scared this time of year. It’s very nearly a prerequisite of the season. With that in mind, I thought I’d do a list of Horror-themed graphic novels ...
Jabari Asim photographed by Shef Reynolds II.
“I preached to my birds just about every night. I would get them all into the henhouse, settle them onto their roosts, and then stand in the doorway and speak to them, reciting pieces of the Bible, the same verses I memorized for Sunday school. They would sit very quietly, some slightly moving their heads back and forth, mesmerized, I guess, by the sound of my voice. I could imagine that they were my congregation. And me, I was a ...
There are too many books by fave authors coming out that I haven’t had a chance to read yet!
Top of mind comes Paris for One, Jojo Moyes’ short story collection, though it’s next in my To Be Listened To queue (the Kirkus reviewer thought it was charming).
I hope to get my hands on Sherry Thomas’ A Study in Scarlet Women soon. She’s one of my favorite writers and I’m really looking forward to her female ...
Stories are powerful things. Beyond their obvious entertainment value, good stories move us to feel and act. The best stories additionally have staying power; they are much too loved to disappear behind the curtains of history. Classic fairy tales and myths have persisted for so long because they are excellent stories. They teach us the perils of our ways and they warn us to stay on an enlightened path.
Fairy tales and myths persist through the ages because they are ...
Nowadays most crime-fiction readers probably recognize the Pinkerton National Detective Agency for having inspired—with its logo featuring a large, unblinking human eye and the slogan “We Never Sleep”—the term “private eye.” They might also remember that its founder, a Scottish barrel maker named Allan Pinkerton, who’d left Great Britain for the United States in 1842, started his snooping career by helping to take down a gang of counterfeiters northwest of Chicago, Illinois, and was subsequently appointed as the Windy ...
BOOK REPORT for Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Into the WoodsBFF Charm:
Big SisterSwoonworthy Scale:
Straight UpAnti-Bonus Factor:
Mustache-Twirling VillainRelationship Status:
Nancy Drew Is Here For You
Cover Story: Into the Woods
I love this cover—the title intertwined with the dark tree branches, and the girl’s silhouette, definitely gives off a “mystery/thriller” vibe without being cheesy.
January, Flynn’s gorgeous and rich girlfriend, has disappeared—right after they got ...
It’s something we take for granted nowadays: a glowing screen tucked away in a home office, at the dinner table, or on the coffee table in the living room. Computers have become ubiquitous in our lives in the last couple of decades, upending the way in which we receive information from all across the world. For decades, science fiction has been synonymous with technology and robotics, and, in many stories, predicted the use of computers. But what about the impact ...