Book Reviews

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Let Me Explain You by Annie Liontas Review on BookPage

This one was lovely. I’ve reviewed lots of family epics for BookPage, and normally they’re fairly slow and sometimes a little boring. Let Me Explain you has a tight plot, great characters and a wonderful sense of humor. I loved it. Read more of my Let Me Explain You review […]

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The Blondes by Emily Schultz Review on BookPage

I’m not much of a thriller girl, but I really enjoyed this one from Emily Schultz — it’s about a pandemic that mysteriously only kills blonde women, and it’s really fantastic. My review of The Blondes is over at BookPage. This book was a review copy, which means I got […]

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The Turner House by Angela Flournoy Review on BookPage

The Turner House is the story of a big family struggling to connect after they’ve grown up and (mostly) moved out of the family home. It’s well-written and realistic, and you can read my review of The Turner House over at BookPage. This book was a review copy, which means […]

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Small Mercies by Eddie Joyce Review on BookPage

This is the story of a Staten Island family who lost a son on September 11. The pacing was a little slow for me, and I never felt fully invested. My full review is over at BookPage. This book was a review copy, which means I got it for free.

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If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie Review on BookPage

Michael Christie does a beautiful job of digging into anxiety and agoraphobia in If I Fall, If I Die. I was a bit confused by some of the scenes that happened outside the house, but I think that was on purpose to mimic his character’s confusion. Want more? Check out […]

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The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion Review on BookPage

The Rosie Project is really fun chick lit that’s not stupid or sappy, and this follow-up actually follows that strong example of its predecessor. My review of The Rosie Effect is at BookPage, and my interview with author Graeme Simsion is here. This book was a review copy, which means […]

The Localist: Think Independent, Buy Local and Take Back the American Dream

This is the book I wrote! Buy it in paperback or as an ebook; it’s available for order wherever books are sold. The Localist: Think Independent, Buy Local, and Reclaim the American Dream is the story of one girl’s journey from buy-local blogger to woman entrepreneur and indie-shop advocate. When […]

Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich Review on BookPage

I reviewed this short story collection from Simon Rich for BookPage, and it was one of my favorite picks from them. It’s hilarious and extreme — the Elf on the Shelf story was too much for me, but I loved all the rest of them. Read my review of Spoiled […]

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Reunion by Hannah Pittard Review on BookPage

The premise of Reunion isn’t original — woman in middle age returns home and rethinks her life — but the writing and characterization are strong and clear. I enjoyed Reunion, and I reviewed it at BookPage. This book was a review copy, which means I got it for free.

God and the Dentist: A Skeptic’s Guide to Faith

I have a tricky relationship with dentists. Because of genetic weirdness, the roots of my baby teeth mostly didn’t disappear like they were supposed to, so I had to have them pulled. Oh, and did I mention? I’m immune to Novocaine. As a kid, I used to sit in the […]

Pop the Champagne! Celebrating Books, Music and the Creative Process

Here at Church Street, we love at good story. We sell great stories in the books we offer, obviously, but there’s also a special place in our hearts for great music (anyone who’s seen Cal dancing in the morning knows we can get a little carried away with a good […]