Shovels & Rope: Little Seeds

Yes, they’ve moved a bit beyond — but not outgrown — the “two beat up drums and two old guitars.” But there is still the same urgency in the vocals and immediacy and rawness in the instruments. Only this time, there is more depth. And that might make Little Seeds their best offering yet.

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty is probably stuck forever is the “chick lit” subgenre, and that’s a shame, because that’s not what she writes. She writes good, contemporary fiction where the main characters and POV happen to be female. And if you’re a dude and can’t handle that, I don’t know what to tell you. That said, The Hypnotist’s Love Story is no What Alice Forgot. Sure, it’s a nice way to spend a weekend. But it’s not one of her better offerings.

Two Misconceptions Blocking A Way Forward

Jesus just don’t like division and infighting. Jesus likes unity. It was his prayer for us. So it is incumbent upon us to do all in our power to reconcile these differences if at all possible. To do that, both “sides” are going to have to let go of a misconception.

The Assistants by Camille Perri: A Review

With its bite-sized chapters and breezy style, it’s an easy book to pick up and put down, then pick back up again. The humor and pop culture references are more of the chuckle-to-yourself variety than the laugh-out-loud kind, but it’s plenty funny enough.

Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson: A Review

Julia Claiborne Johnson’s first novel, Be Frank With Me, is the kind of book where “madcap hijinks” take place. It’s meant to be a breezy read, a page turner, the kind of book you sit on the beach with. So, no, this is not great literature. The calamities are not terribly believable. But the book is fun.