The Perfect Neighbors: A Novel   by Sarah Pekkanen
fiction / mystery

The Perfect Neighbors: A Novel by Sarah Pekkanen

After reading an exhaustive history of Southern food and some pretty serious memoirs about mental illness I thought I’d go for something lighter. Oddly, The Perfect Neighbors took longer to read than all of those previous books. I have no idea why! The writing was pretty simple and the plot wasn’t terribly complex. I didn’t love the … Continue reading

Cruel Beautiful World  by Caroline Leavitt
fiction / historical fiction / literary fiction

Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt

I’ve been reading Caroline Leavitt’s books a long time and always enjoy them even if they are occasionally a tad dramatic. Cruel Beautiful World takes place in 1969 when a 16-year-old girl runs off with her charismatic, idealistic, liberal 30-year-old teacher. Not only does running away with a man twice your age and dropping out of … Continue reading