Author Archives: Lisa C

The Misfits

by Lisa C. I may be a total misfit, but I’ve reached the point where the usual comfort viewing and reading suspects aren’t quite soothing my social distancing woes. Imagining happy, boisterous gatherings and adventurous travels is just making me itch to do the same. Instead, I’m seeking inspiration and fortitude from another favorite archetype: […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Ta-Nehisi Coates

by Lisa C. Ta-Nehisi Coates began his career as an attention-grabbing essayist and journalist who gained recognition for his insightful and razor-sharp explorations of race relations in America. His first book was the critically acclaimed memoir, The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood. The hugely successful, best-selling work, Between […]

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Ten for ’20

by Lisa C. It has recently been brought to my attention (thanks colleagues and this New York Times article) that there are some who claim that a new decade hasn’t started and won’t start until January 1, 2021. Well, is 2020 the start of a new decade or the end? In any case, there is one […]

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Under the Radar: Fiction You May Have Missed in 2019

by Lisa C. 2019 is winding down and that means the season of the “Best-Of” lists is upon us. Of course, we’ll see the usual suspects – The Testaments, The Water Dancer, The Dutch House, Lost Children Archive, Trust Exercise, and other blockbusters and big literary award winners.

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Terrifying Children in Books and Movies

by Lisa C. *Please don’t mistake this for a post about books that terrify children – though that’s fun, too. Ah, children. The apples of our eyes, our hope for a better future. So sweet. So innocent. So terrifying!

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We Used to Be Friends: Books & Shows for Veronica Mars Fans

by Lisa C. A long time ago, I used to be a Veronica Mars fan, but I haven’t thought of her lately at all. Unless you count two weeks ago when season 4 was released early and I immediately binge-watched it in 4 days! Alas, 8 short episodes later and she’s gone again. What’s a […]

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Not Just for the Beach Reads

by Lisa C. Tomorrow is the first day of summer, astronomically speaking, and that means it is time to bring your reading outdoors! Though this is the season of the beach read, you don’t need to limit yourself to sandy destinations. For instance, you can read on a mountain, by a pool, in your backyard, or […]

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13 Quick Reads to Help Escape the Slump

by Lisa C. Once upon a time, I kept huge stacks of lengthy books by my bedside. I read them all – and pretty quickly, too! I was so smug. Now, I still surround myself with books, but am less likely to finish them before they are due or before they disappear like ghosts under […]

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Happiness Guaranteed: Love in Lit, Part 2

by Lisa C. If you read last month’s post, Happiness Not Guaranteed: Love in Lit Part 1, you may have assumed that I’d never met a happy love story I liked. Sure, I said great love stories are tragic and agonizing. Well, that was only partly true. To quote Cordelia from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, […]

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Happiness Not Guaranteed: Love in Lit

by Lisa C. It’s February, the time of year that brings up certain expectations around the idea of romantic love. Take this post for example. I knew it was due the week of the 14th and try as I might to redirect my thoughts, I got hung up on LOVE. So why not give in […]

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