Curtis Sittenfeld, “Prep”

I seriously feel like I just relived high school. “Prep” follows Lee’s four years on scholarship at prestigious prep school Ault. She feels weird and observes her classmates from afar, too afraid to participate in their socializing. The book charts her baby steps toward happiness, which she never quite grasps as she’s too self-conscious to […]

More, “Sex Advice From…”

While making a Christmas books order, I came across this compilation by the editors of and just had to read it. They surveyed regular folks around the country to get perspectives on sex from competitive eaters, Santas, sorority girls (the most boring, by far), nudists and bloggers, to name a few. THE LOWDOWN Published: […]


Jeffrey Brown, “Unlikely”

Before you accuse me of high levels of nerdery, I’ll come out and say that this is a graphic novel. Like Craig Thompson’s “Blankets” (which came highly recommended to me; which I devoured in less than 24 hours; which is the only other graphic novel I’ve read so far), this story’s about a guy who’s […]


Susan Orlean, “The Orchid Thief”

I’d guess more people are familiar with Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Orlean in the movie “Adaptation” than anything else. This is the book Charlie Kaufman was attempting to adapt. Orlean’s New Yorker story about a man with a botched scheme to poach rare orchids from a protected Florida swamp using Seminole tribe members as his […]