Smutty Book Roundup - June 24, 2016

June 24, 2016 19:36:37 Posted at June 24, 2016 19:36:37
Lainey Posted by Lainey

A deep dive to recommend if you haven’t already: Barry Avrich is a Canadian filmmaker who was trying a few years ago to put together an unauthorised documentary about Harvey Weinstein. According to Barry, Harvey Weinstein wasn’t exactly supportive. Barry details the experience in his new book Moguls, Monsters, and Madmen: An Uncensored Life in Show Business, excerpted earlier this week in The Hollywood Reporter. Full Review

Smutty Book Roundup – March 4, 2016

March 4, 2016 21:09:15 Posted at March 4, 2016 21:09:15
Lainey Posted by Lainey

I recommend reading a book called All Out by Emmy Award-winning journalist Kevin Newman and his son Alex Newman. It’s a joint memoir about their relationship. About how Kevin’s own struggle with self-confidence and feelings of inadequacy as a man affected how he parented Alex. About how Alex’s experience as a gay man affected his bond with his dad. Full Review

Smutty Book Roudup – October 9, 2015

October 9, 2015 20:10:21 Posted at October 9, 2015 20:10:21
Lainey Posted by Lainey

A couple of years ago I blogged about my obsession with writer couples: Zadie Smith and Nick Laird, Vendela Vida and Dave Eggers, Nicole Krauss and Jonathan Safran Foer. Click here for a refresher. Jonathan Safran Foer you know, likely from Everything Is Illuminated. Full Review

Luckiest Girl Alive

July 30, 2015 20:48:48 Posted at July 30, 2015 20:48:48
Maria Posted by Maria

I first saw Luckiest Girl Alive on Reese Witherspoon’s Instagram feed, and I knew that she was obviously going to buy the book’s film rights – would she be promoting it otherwise? Tracy Flick knows what she’s doing. So when I found myself on a 5-hour flight, I knew that was the book I wanted to read, because Reese’s acquisition skills have been pretty solid: Gone Girl and Wild, so far, with Big Little Lies to come (with Nicole Kidman). Full Review

Smutty Book Roundup – July 17, 2015

July 17, 2015 20:17:43 Posted at July 17, 2015 20:17:43
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Grey, the book. You read it? Click here if you missed Maria’s review. I’ve stopped at 20%. Which means it’s worse than Fifty Shades Of Grey because at least with that one, I actually made it through the whole thing. You could argue that for Fifty Shades Of Grey, EL James knew what would appeal to *some* women, writing in a woman’s voice for a female audience. Full Review

Grey is Beige

June 30, 2015 16:30:27 Posted at June 30, 2015 16:30:27
Maria Posted by Maria

Yesterday, Lainey wrote about the #AskELJames hashtag hijacking (click here for a refresher) and, having read the book, I can understand where (and who) those tweets are coming from. People like me who spent $11.99 on Grey. I'll start with the bad and get to the worse (things won’t get better): Grey is not the worst book I’ve ever read. Full Review

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Trillium Book Award Nominee Readings happening tomorrow!

June 15, 2015 13:49:30 Posted at June 15, 2015 13:49:30
Lainey Posted by Lainey

-Sponsored- I read Margaret Atwood’s Stone Mattress last year. You don’t need me to tell you that it’s great. She’s always great. What I loved about Stone Mattress though is that it didn’t feel like I was reading. It felt like I was remembering old stories told to me by a dear but mysterious aunt who only visits once a year, who’s seen and done more than I could possibly see and do, and who makes you believe that magic is elusive but that it exists. Full Review

In The Unlikely Event review

June 8, 2015 19:18:56 Posted at June 8, 2015 19:18:56
Duana Posted by Duana
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Spoilers everywhere – come back if you haven’t finished. You know, usually I am not afraid of endings. Usually I am the one who says things like “I’d rather something end well, early, than go on too long”. I am unsentimental, not because I’m heartless, but because usually, there are lots of things to love. Full Review

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In The Unlikely Event

June 2, 2015 15:25:29 Posted at June 2, 2015 15:25:29
Duana Posted by Duana
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It’s a momentous day. There hasn’t been a day like this in almost 20 years. Today, Judy Blume releases her new book, In The Unlikely Event. I know a lot of you feel the way Lainey and I feel about that. That Judy Blume ushered you through your childhood, was accessible but not overbearing and condescending in your adolescence, and somehow seemed to be a friend who’d always been there in adulthood. Full Review