Reading Addict

On Reading by Biafra Denmark

People always ask me why I like to read so much. It’s like asking me why I like to breathe. It’s something I can’t live without. The first book I ever read was called PUG. I was in the first grade and I remember that my immediate thought was, I wish I’d known how to do this sooner. I haven’t stopped since. Without a book I feel naked. When I have a book in my hand I know I hold someone’s heart, someone’s dreams, and someone’s life. I know someone sat and wrote and gave me their gift. I know someone has allowed their story to be told.

In Defense of Slow Reading by Cindy Hulsey

I often lament the fact that I don’t read faster. I envy my friends who plow through books because they inevitably read more books than I do. However, in a world where everything happens at the speed of light, I would like to say a few words in defense of slow reading.

The Haves and the Have Mores by Rebecca Howard

The Rolling Stones tried telling us, "you can't always get what you want," but that doesn't seem to stop any of us from trying. Meg Mitchell Moore's latest novel The Admissions is one of so many stories about the modern American family. The rattled parents, sullen teenager, real-estate envy, prescription drug abuse, over-committed children, too little sleep, and a bevy of unspoken secrets and regrets --sound like any families you know? Sound like your own?

Ten Years After the Flood by Adrienne Teague

August 29, 2015 marked the ten year anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and destroyed large sections of New Orleans. Over 1800 people died in that storm. Hundreds of thousands more were stuck in refugee camps in the Superdome, the Convention Center, and Houston, Texas. Before the storm, the people who could afford to leave went to Baton Rouge, Atlanta, Houston, wherever they could find a place to stay. Many of them never went back.

The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall by Rebecca Howard

Robert Goolrick's The Fall of Princes is a voyeuristic morality tale of the excesses of 1980s New York. Written in first person, the novel tells the story of the dizzying rise and denigrating fall of the unnamed narrator. After failing as an artist, our protagonist, at the urging of his father, returns to the U.S. to study at the Wharton School of Business.