No formal book reviews, just thoughts about books and how they make us who we are. You’ll find new releases, old favorites, and suggestions from kindred spirits on their own reading journeys.
One of my favorite things is talking to readers who stop by, so I hope you’ll introduce yourself, comment, and consider sharing a book story in a guest post.
Sometimes I bypass books altogether and write about growing up in the Mad Men era with a mother who had a serious mental illness. That can be dark, so I also write whatever I’m moved to write about. I enjoy memoir and essay, and this is where I practice.
Typically, I post once a week from my empty nest full of books in upstate New York, just a short walk from the Erie Canal.
Share a book story
Has a particular book taken hold of you? Perhaps it’s speaking directly to your life in some way, or it touches on something you care about, or it’s just a really good read.
Is there a book that you think of as an old friend? Maybe it made your life better, helped you through a tough time, or guided you through a major life change.
It could be a picture book, a novel, a memoir, a poem or a book of poems, a biography, a graphic novel, a collection of short stories. Any genre, or no genre at all, in print, out of print, from any time of your life.
Please consider sharing your book story at Books Can Save a Life.
From time to time, readers and I share cookbooks we’ve inherited from our mothers or grandmothers (or fathers and grandfathers) whose recipes have become a family tradition. This has turned out to be a delightful ongoing series about cooking and food as an intimate aspect of domestic life.
If you’d like to share a book story or a favorite family cookbook, send an email to valoriegracehallinan [at] gmail [dot] com. Please include a post in the body of the email or an idea/book you’re interested in writing about. (For one of my own book stories, see Valorie Grace Hallinan.)