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About Kristen Carson

Kristen Carson was born in Idaho. She has lived in Utah, Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania. She currently resides near Indianapolis. She and her husband are the parents of four adult children. Carson's stories and articles have appeared in Chicago Parent, Indianapolis Monthly, and Dialogue: a Journal of Mormon Thought.
19 11, 2017

The Biggest Loser, Mormon Style

By | 2017-11-19T19:49:53+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In the comic novel, The Fattest Mormon, by Tyson Abaroa, lovable loser Phil Carroll travels the country in his Winnebago, entering contests and living off the prize money. The novel gets off to a rough start with a comic bit about granny who drives like a bad stock car racer. But by the time Phil and his ‘Bago pull into tiny Taylor, Arizona, to [...]

12 11, 2017

Is Your BFF Like This?

By | 2017-11-12T20:18:48+00:00 November 12th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

If you’re a little bummed that your summer months of sandals and cold lemonade have abandoned you and you now have to bundle up against the wind, Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam may soothe your wounded soul a bit. You will meet Sarah, an Upper East Side girl, and Lauren, her best friend since grade school. The novel’s name comes from an overheard [...]

5 11, 2017

What Do We Do With Dad?

By | 2017-11-05T20:19:52+00:00 November 5th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

When I opened up Louise Dean’s The Old Romantic, I met a cast of miserable people being miserable to each other. There’s Nick Goodyew, who has spent his adulthood getting away from the kind of dad who talks like this: “[I]f you start to finkin about what other people are going through. . .” Or this: “[M]iserable excuse for a youman bein’.” Nick changes [...]

31 10, 2017

You Might Regret De-Cluttering

By | 2017-10-31T14:52:00+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

I steered my car down a random twisty road. I saw a random antique shop and decided to stop. Inside, I walked up to a random book shelf and pulled off a random cookbook. Funny thing, but the pictures looked familiar. I had seen that wedding cake. And that soup tureen. And that tween girl, plating the spaghetti and meatballs she had just cooked [...]

29 10, 2017

Get Your Mormon Primer Here!

By | 2017-10-29T18:59:08+00:00 October 29th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Take one normal Mormon housewife, busy keeping up with the laundry and the Relief Society president’s meal requests. Throw in a husband who’s a bishop, which means she’s now got people showing up on her doorstep with tear-stained faces, people calling at all hours. That should be enough to kickstart Mette Ivie Harrison’s novel, The Bishop’s Wife. Then people go missing. Or dead people [...]

22 10, 2017

Nope. And That’s A Big Nope.

By | 2017-10-22T16:17:17+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I’ll be the first to admit I’m no expert on PTSD. But I suspect Roxane Gay, author of An Untamed State, knows only slightly more than I do. In Untamed, Mireille Duval Jameson is kidnapped by resentful thugs. Miri’s Haitian father made good as a civil engineer in the U.S. Now he’s back in Haiti, where his wealth sticks out like a whale on [...]

15 10, 2017

America’s Napoleon

By | 2017-10-15T18:59:38+00:00 October 15th, 2017|good nonfiction|0 Comments

Here at Read Fast, Eat Slow, we heard about the hit musical, Hamilton, the summer it opened. We scored tickets when the show was sold out only months ahead, not years like it is now. And we were blown away. Now I have finished Ron Chernow’s mega-book Alexander Hamilton. This is the book the musical’s creator picked up in the airport one day and [...]

1 10, 2017


By | 2017-10-01T11:43:56+00:00 October 1st, 2017|brownies, cookies, Uncategorized|0 Comments

This is a cookie for the indecisive sugar fiend. When you visit the recipe site, you will find a more beautiful sample of the finished product. I used a rather large cookie scoop, and cookies that big take 17 minutes to bake! As for the review of the extra-large book that I know you're all waiting on, I can report that I passed [...]

17 09, 2017

For Those of You That Like Do-Overs

By | 2017-09-17T19:21:45+00:00 September 17th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Kate Atkinson’s hefty story, Life After Life, can make a reader dizzy, even while sitting in a solid, comfy chair. It follows the life of Ursula Todd, a British banker’s daughter, born on a snowy night back in the days when people sang songs like “By the Light of the Silvery Moon.” The trick about this “life” of Ursula’s is that she dies and [...]