Go Deep to Rise Up – A Review of Cal Newport’s Deep Work

Dear Anita, Comparison is the thief of joy, and I let him pick my pocket all damn day. I’m the worst about this with my husband…especially our reading habits. Being the comfortable introverts we are, evenings are often spent in silence, each of us with a book in hand. But while I slouch in happy…

On Love and Its Complications – A Review of Rosie Walsh’s Ghosted

Dear Anita, I’ve been stressed lately. I feel like I’ve read too many heavy, heady books. A good time to turn to a light, easy romance. And Rosie Walsh’s Ghosted is billed as just that. Its jacket checked off so many of my “Yes, please!” buttons (a love story, set in the English countryside, in…

On Heritage – A Review of J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy

Dear Anita, One of the things I love most about our friendship is how different we are as people. Despite being born and raised within sixty miles of each other, we come from vastly different backgrounds, and being invited to partake of your Taiwanese heritage highlights the nuances of my own white, lower- to solidly-middle…

On Fear – A Review of Zoje Stage’s Baby Teeth

Dear Cassie, Over the last couple of years, I’ve come to accept the fact that shit happens. There are things that don’t always work out in your favor, the way you wanted them to or expected them to happen. And, that’s okay because such is life. Life isn’t perfect, so why force it to be?…

On Skill – A Review of Bejamin Ludwig’s Ginny Moon

Dear Anita, Can we talk about craft for a minute? Some writers’ work so drips with skill that I almost want to consume it, to rub it all over my body, to make it a permanent part of the being that is me. I think here of Margaret Atwood, Mary Oliver, and most recently of…