Category Archives: On Reading

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

Synopsis: One family’s attempt to eat locally for a calendar year. Review: I am a bit late to the game in reviewing Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I’d read so much about the book that I couldn’t really imagine how it could be more than just “eat local food in season, it’s better for you and better for the planet.” Color me apologetic for my arrogance–the book (and website) are packed with so much useful information that even a city girl like me felt empowered to eat…

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Fracture by Megan Miranda

Synopsis: Dead for 11 minutes after crashing through an icy lake, Delaney now finds herself inexplicably drawn to people who are dying–with frightening results. Review: Fracture has the kind of premise that makes me nervous that I’m just going to end up skimming the thing because I can guess everything that’s about to happen. I’m not going to say that this was the most innovative plot I’ve ever encountered, but it had its share of surprises, not to mention some great sexual tension between Delaney…

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Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls by Leonard Sax

Synopsis: An examination of the challenges facing parents and educators of girls, from endocrine disruptors in our plastics to texting and the internet. Review: Just as he did in Why Gender Matters, Dr. Leonard Sax brings science and biology to bear on the unique challenges facing girls. His is not an approach that patly accepts culturally constructed notions of gender. Rather, in Girls on the Edge, he shows how the biological differences between girls and boys affect their participation in sports and the classroom, as…

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Interview with Gay Courter, Author of Healing Paradise

I really enjoyed Healing Paradise by Gay Courter, and am pleased that she agreed to answer a few questions for me about the book. What drew you to set your story in medical school? The readers of my Midwife books kept asking for a sequel. It seemed too farfetched to send her to medical school, but then I thought her son or daughter could go. But neither personality lent to that. Of course, I was a bit narrow-minded because the Midwife is based on my…

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Speak Out With Your Geek Out!

You don’t start a blog called Reading is my Superpower without have a strong geek contingent in your DNA strands. So I was delighted to see that my dear friend and geek goddess RPG editrix Amanda Valentine was one of the masterminds behind Speak Out With Your Geek Out, an internet confab to celebrate all things uncelebrated except by people who get why dragons make books better. I hid my geek for a long time because I moved in a world where I didn’t know…

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Rescue by Anita Shreve

Synopsis: An EMT falls in love with a reckless patient, who then abandons him and their daughter, and he struggles with whether he should let her back in. Review: I blazed through Rescue, which doesn’t have the strongest of plots but offers an emotionally compelling story nonetheless. Though it takes a turn for the melodramatic near the end, I stayed with the characters because I found them to be so real. It didn’t offer any grand revelations, nor did it make my toes tingle, but…

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Priceless by Nicole Ritchie

Synopsis: A poor little rich girl heads to the NOLA after her daddy gets sent up the river for embezzling. Review: I was hoping for a trashy roman a clef and instead I got a poorly written snooze-fest. Not that I was expecting a whole lot by way of literary merit, but I was at least hoping for some insider-y gossip. Priceless just should’ve been a whole lot more fun. Many thanks to Atria for the review copy. Share on Facebook

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Hunger Games Giveaway!

Yay Scholastic! They’re giving 3 of my US readers a copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. You can read my rave review here. To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59pm EST on Monday, July 19th. Tweet this contest & leave a trackback below for an extra entry. Open to US residents only. Check out the trailer: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capital surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capital…

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