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11 06, 2017

Ode to Boyhood

By | 2017-06-11T16:08:15+00:00 June 11th, 2017|good fiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What am I doing, picking a Ray Bradbury book off the library shelf? I asked myself. All I knew about Bradbury was that he was famous, and that he wrote Fahrenheit 451, a paperback on the shelf in my sister’s bedroom. Fahrenheit’s protagonist is a fireman in a time and place where books are illegal and his job is to find them and burn [...]

21 05, 2017

How to Overcome Bad Mothering

By | 2017-05-21T19:48:37+00:00 May 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

If my reading list doesn’t change soon, I’m gonna have to re-name this blog something like “The Anti-Mother’s Day” because, this week, we feature yet another Bad Mother book. In The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls, Mama leaves her two daughters, “just for day or so,” to advance her singing career. This happens often enough that the left-behind girls know how to survive on [...]

30 04, 2017

Talks You Don’t Want to Have

By | 2017-04-30T18:21:43+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In the last few months, two friends have mentioned to me that their children feel swamped by a tide of friends declaring their transgenderism. “What do I say?” asked one mother. What indeed? With news like this, you can’t imagine how fast I scooped up this week’s book, Sex Scandal by Ashley McGuire. For one thing, McGuire is a millennial. She’s known nothing but [...]

14 04, 2017

It’s A Giveaway!

By | 2017-04-15T18:24:35+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

You can enter by tagging yourself in the comments back on the Facebook post. You have until April 30th to enter. If you win, I'll notify you via tagging. See more terms and conditions below. LIST OF PRIZES: Winner may choose one prize. Even the prizes are excited about the number 300! 300 Writing Prompts paperback journal allows [...]

12 03, 2017

On Mormon Handcart Pioneers

By | 2017-03-12T20:13:37+00:00 March 12th, 2017|good fiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

I didn’t expect Sandra Dallas’ book, True Sisters, to splash cold water on my view of the Mormon pioneers. I already had opinions of my own, which Dallas’ story only reinforced. I was raised to revere those continent-crossing converts. But all I can muster is pity. Dallas fictionalizes the journey of the Martin Handcart Company. I assume that you already know a little about [...]

19 02, 2017

Is Anybody Paying Attention to You?

By | 2017-02-16T22:02:02+00:00 February 19th, 2017|good fiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Read Fast Eat Slow is pleased to announced a new award, the PB&J award. This high honor recognizes books so engaging that readers are willing to risk late fees on the bills, haystack-sized laundry piles, and the shame of looking like a bum just to finish the darn book. Children of these eager readers will be told to fix themselves a sandwich and leave [...]

12 02, 2017

Pregnant Too Young

By | 2017-02-13T10:57:36+00:00 February 12th, 2017|good fiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

If we lined up all the books you read before you were seventeen, would you have the stomach to read any of them again? Would they even feel like the same books? I’m trying to imagine the fascination in which I would hold a book like Where the Heart Is, had I read it back in my weepy-teen days. Let me just confess that [...]

29 01, 2017

Was Mama’s Death Accidental, or Not?

By | 2017-01-29T21:08:59+00:00 January 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In this week’s book, The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh, Mom dies, right out of the gate. The family lives in an old house in a wide-spot-in-the-road kind of town in West Virginia. Drafty as this old house is, they sometimes turn on the gas oven just to keep warm. So, did Mom die accidentally because she sat in a closed-up kitchen, breathing poisonous [...]

15 01, 2017

Just a Family Story

By | 2017-02-25T17:01:28+00:00 January 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

When two people fall in love and get married, it’s basically the birth of a nation. That’s why you invite all the relatives you don’t know well and don’t care much about; nation birthings are a big deal, worth witnessing. And yet the young couple has no clue what they have just set in motion. To them, it’s just a handsome boy, a beautiful [...]

8 01, 2017

When Hard Times Hit: I Guess We’ll Have to Sell the Castle

By | 2017-02-25T17:00:07+00:00 January 8th, 2017|good fiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Go ahead, name me the small pleasure that gets you through a deadly-dull afternoon. Is it a chocolate bar? A certain Pandora station? Feeling your favorite jade earrings swinging from your ears? A stop at the gas station, where you know exactly where the pink snowballs sit on the shelf and it wouldn’t hurt to buy just one this afternoon? What if your fortunes [...]