In her 5th album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, Brandi Carlile explores finding your home, love that lasts, and growing up. The songs tend to be predominantly folksy with some pop and rock splashed in, lending itself to be a great soundtrack for a lazy day: soothing, yet with enough up-tempo tracks to keep you alert.
Fun fact: All of the songs were recorded in single takes by Carlile and her long-term band mates Phil and Tim Hanseroth.
In Camille Griep’s Letters to Zell, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella write to Rapunzel, who has left them to start a new life. Female friendship and the search for a unique identity are explored through their distinctly imagined voices. Alternately funny and sad, each woman heroically takes on the complexities of life.
What would happen if you chose a random library shelf and read only from that shelf?
Literary critic Phyllis Rose chose to do just that, detailing her extreme reading adventures in The Shelf: From LEQ to LES a part-memoir and part-guide of the landscape of literature. While Rose’s reading is confined to one shelf, her expertise as an academic, writer, and reader brings the discussion to the larger conversations of exploring women in fiction, the popularity of books, and the impact of allowing oneself to take reading risks.
Top two reasons you might want to read The Shelf:
-you like reading about an individual embarking on a new challenge
-you want to get your literary geek on with a book about books
Everything I Never Told You is an incredibly written debut novel by Celeste Ng. On the surface, the story, which is set in the 1970’s, revolves around the mysterious death of Lydia Lee, a 16 year old honor student and favored daughter with a bright future. But the novel is so much more than a mere mystery. It is layered with such premises as racial stereotyping, homosexuality, family issues, and unfulfilled expectations. A must read!
Author Paula McLain (The Paris Wife) is back, delving into the life of another dynamic woman in history in Circling the Sun. As the first licensed woman horse trainer and breeder in Africa, as well as a record-setting aviatrix, Beryl Markam is an adventurous strong-willed character defying traditional conventions in 1920s Kenya. McLain’s fictional portrayal of this fearless woman is one of summer 2015’s highly anticipated books.
While you wait, try one of the following books featuring adventurous women set in 1920s British Kenya:
Mark of the Lion by Suzanne M. Arruda
The Ashford Affair by Lauren WIllig
A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn
Hugh Grant plays Keith Michaels, a one-hit wonder Oscar-winning screenwriter obsessed with trying to reinvigorate his failing career. Sent by his agent to teach at a community college, Keith’s approach to teaching is despicable and distasteful, yet there might still be hope for him as a teacher. As he grapples with rock bottom, his sarcasm along with a cast of eccentric characters bring humor to the screenwriter’s journey. A romantic comedy with a lot of heart, The Rewrite is an enjoyable romp about second chances and reframing your perspective on life.