‘Gotta Get Theroux This’ – Book Review

By Michael A. Arnold Celebrities often seem more than mere human beings, somehow, so the best autobiography from one is both relatable and revealing. Since the 1990s, Louis Theroux has been a symbol of quirky TV documentaries, most famous for Weird Weekends and When Louis Meets. Both series focused attention on people outside of the mainstream: Neo-Nazis, alien truthers, porn actors and brothel owners. Theroux … Continue reading ‘Gotta Get Theroux This’ – Book Review

Windows on the World by Flora Jardine

Those who were home either waved at me—some ladies even sending flirtatious kisses)—or ignored me, eyes fixed on television screens or laptops. Many were out though, and each suite was a stage on which I imagined a life story playing out. The props were comic, sad, intriguing, revealing or puzzling. The stuff folks collect is surprising. Suggestive. Continue reading Windows on the World by Flora Jardine

The Secret by Lea Emil Hollis

Hidden behind a row of seemingly unrelated hardcovers, a secret compartment of sorts. A secret place where his most precious tome could rest, unnoticed. Reverently, he withdrew it, drawing it close to him as I tried to inconspicuously take it in. Despite the worship he clearly held, someone had not been particularly kind to the book, a dozen dog-eared corners bulged the worn edges of the pages and made the cover warp unevenly. Continue reading The Secret by Lea Emil Hollis

Meet Me When Your Hair Is Shorter by Courtney Kerrigan-Bates

At least it wasn’t word-for-word long time no see. His eyes focus on my face. If he wasn’t already too drunk, he’d be analysing how each line of my face has changed, but he is already too drunk, so he’s simply trying his best to look like he’s analysing something, when in fact he can probably see two of me. Continue reading Meet Me When Your Hair Is Shorter by Courtney Kerrigan-Bates

World Cup by Tom Morgan

Yes, he’s funny, and I can be funny when I want to be, but he’s the butt of the joke. He’s a complete and utter clown. Hannah’s not going to want to be with a clown, is she? She’s going to want to be with someone tough. I’m tough. At least, I can be – I’ve had four teeth out, and I didn’t even make a fuss. I’ve got them in a small red box in my bedroom. Continue reading World Cup by Tom Morgan

Failures of the Heart by Chris Morey

Macavity, she thought, like the cat. As a birthday present, she’d splurged on a Versace bathrobe for him, with a design of a leaping tiger. Or rather, her allowance had, though to keep within budget she’d gone without a lovely little number that she was almost sure she could carry off. It hung in his wardrobe, worn only on the day she gave it to him. And he’d been such an elegant dresser. Continue reading Failures of the Heart by Chris Morey

Child in red and white hat reading Dr. Seuss book.

Top Five Book Recommendations from My Almost Five-Year-Old Daughter

My daughter is four and a half years old and loves being read to. I think I’ve already achieved my parenting goals. Now only if this continues as she grows up! There is something special and magical about books – reading them aloud to your child and having your children grow up with books. I like to read to my daughter so I can spend … Continue reading Top Five Book Recommendations from My Almost Five-Year-Old Daughter

Don’t Talk To Me Of Hiroshima by Kaustuv Ghosh

Do not talk to me of Hiroshima, he saidSurprising the nurse with one free hand. Not fourteen anymore and not quite forty,He had manned the pickets for over a weekWithin the tear gas amphitheatre.Briefly, the sea of khaki had partedFor an elderly teacher who, bewildered,Called them his children and urged surrender.I had taught you the futility of ruin,He had exclaimed, barely heard above the roarAnd … Continue reading Don’t Talk To Me Of Hiroshima by Kaustuv Ghosh