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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.
6 08, 2017

You’ll Want To Star in This Movie

By | 2017-08-06T19:46:42+00:00 August 6th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Continuing with Mormon authors this week, I present The Rules in Rome by A.L. Sowards. The story begins when a pack of Allied soldiers ambush a German officer’s car bounding along the road in Italy. As the men examine the dead officer now slumped in the seat, they notice how thoroughly he resembles one of their own, Bastien Ley. Daringly, Bastien assumes the dead [...]

30 07, 2017

A Kiss That Rattles the Richter Scale

By | 2017-07-30T17:30:11+00:00 July 30th, 2017|good fiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

This week and next, in observance of Summer Book Trek, Read Fast Eat Slow features books by indie Mormon authors. You can head on over to SBT’s website to check out what’s new in that niche. Fantasy and romance (but I repeat myself) are the favorite genres of these authors, both of which I handle like the mushy vegetables that need to come out of [...]

23 07, 2017

Working the Worst Shift

By | 2017-07-23T15:35:10+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|good nonfiction|0 Comments

And how’s your mom day going? Maybe we should assign points for difficulty, just to see how you match up with Tracy McKay’s worst mom days, as described in her memoir, The Burning Point. I’ll give you: 3 pts. per child (Tracy has 3). 2 pts. per ordinary errand, (Tracy needs to go the grocery store, the YMCA, get kids to the bus). 5 [...]

16 07, 2017

Would You Go Where You’re Not Wanted?

By | 2017-07-16T20:20:28+00:00 July 16th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

“We weren’t the only ones.” “No kidding. . . . Why do you think we had to start our own hotels?” One day, a Mrs. Marx of Newton Massachusetts dashes off a letter to a Vermont inn, inquiring about vacation accommodations. The reply letter makes it clear that “Our guests who feel most comfortable here . . . are Gentiles. Very truly yours . [...]

9 07, 2017

What’s That Sparkle on Your Finger?

By | 2017-07-09T18:56:54+00:00 July 9th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Welcome to Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Paris and . . . Cleveland, the settings for J. Courtney Sullivan’s novel, The Engagements, in which all the strands of the story dance around the Maypole of the diamond engagement ring. Leaping back and forth through the decades, we have four mini-stories: James, a paramedic, chases down blood and drunkenness in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a suburb he could [...]

2 07, 2017

I’ll Give You the Cliff Notes

By | 2017-07-02T17:10:35+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Here’s your disclaimer: Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe is not a clean read. In some books you can turn an extra page or two to skip the problems. But in Wolfe’s latest bison-sized novel, the sex and the gutter language never let up. In Wolfe's defense, he leans conservative. He plays the part of great observer in the sky,  looking down on the [...]

25 06, 2017

Chunky Monkey Pancakes

By | 2017-06-25T17:37:06+00:00 June 25th, 2017|breakfasts|0 Comments

I’m reading a long book this week. So let’s talk about breakfast. It’s nice when breakfast is more special than that same old bowl of Cheerios. It’s nice when breakfast is at dinner time. It’s really nice when breakfast includes chocolate. If you feel the same way, maybe you’d like to make Chunky Monkey Pancakes. [...]