Alex was born and schooled in Michigan, spent some years living and selling books in New Jersey, and is now happy to call Seattle home. Alex enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, drawing, watching cartoons, collecting enamel pins, and soaking up the sun whenever it decides to show its beautiful face.
Reviews & Recommendations
A deeply empowering and funny debut novel from Buzzfeed senior culture writer Doree Shafrir, with characters and a setting that will be familiar to those acquainted with startup culture and the growing tech industry. I found echoes of my friends’ experiences in these pages, and my own too. If you’re looking for a story where strong, smart, everyday women combat misogyny, this is it! More than that though, this novel moves beyond just highlighting women’s perseverance, and ultimately testifies to the importance of creating a world where women don’t have to combat misogyny in the first place.
Oh how I love vicariously living through Esther, Susan, and Daisy's university days. Each character is fun and entertaining in their own right, but put them together and you have panel after panel of a funny and enduring friendship. It's always a good week when I see a new issue of Giant Days on the graphica table.
I came to drawing late in life, and this is the book that finally convinced me to start putting pen to paper. I want to be friends with all of the students of SuperMutant Magic Academy, and I love how Tamaki blends the paranormal with the everyday to both hilarious and heartfelt effect. This is a book you'll want to revisit again and again.
Like many young people, I read Sandra Cisnero's The House on Mango Street at some point in my early education. As much as I would like to pretend that it was a profoundly moving literary experience in my young life, the truth is that I remember hating it. Lucky for me though, I had the chance to revisit Cisneros when my book club chose to read Caramelo and I loved every word. Cisneros is a master storyteller, and I love how her writing pushes me to new depths of empathy and understanding. Caramelo is such a tender and funny coming of age tale, and I can't help myself from recommending it whenever I get the chance.
Whenever I see my copy of McLagan's Bitter on my kitchen counter, I can't help but leaf through its pages and be glad I stumbled across this cookbook. Bitterness as a flavor makes a lot of people uncomfortable, but McLagan's engaging writing and the eerily beautiful food photography it's paired with show that bitter flavors have the power to take cooking and baking to the next level.
Fans of George R. R. Martin and Terry Goodkind will enjoy Rothfuss' epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicles. In the first installment, The Name of the Wind, readers are immersed in an intricate world with fascinating characters and intense struggles. In fact, Rothfuss created one of my favorite characters of all time in these books--Bast. The only thing I don't like about this series is that Rothfuss has been writing the third installment of the series for years, and I just can't wait to read it! TIP: If you're in the same boat and also a fan of Bast, check out Rothfuss' short story "The Lightning Tree," which can be found in the short story collection Rogues.
After thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2009, Robert Moor began to wonder about the nature of trails. How do trails form? Why do some trails last while others fade with time? And once created, why are trails followed? Attempting to answer these and other provocative questions, Moor spent seven years travelling the world in order to investigate trails of a surprising variety: ancient fossil trails, insect pheromone trails, forgotten Native American trails, and even today’s modern roadways and technological infrastructure. Chapter by chapter, Moor weaves a highly readable and fascinating account of his explorations, philosophy, science, and history.
It’s been quite some time since Dèja lived in a happy and comfortable home. Ma works long hours, Pop suffers from a sickness Dèja does not understand, and the whole family lives in a homeless shelter. When her fifth grade teachers start talking about two towers missing from the New York skyline, Dèja asks why she should care about something that happened before she was born. But when Pop becomes angry at the mere mention of the towers, Dèja guesses that they might have something to do with his illness, and she starts to wonder if history ever really stays in the past.
Think your cat is nothing but a cute, little purr-baby? Think again! Tucker's study of the house cat has deeply expanded the way I look at and engage with my own feline friend. Cute? Oh yeah. Apex predator and master manipulator? Yes, those things too! A fascinating read.
I'm pretty new to tarot and this book has been an indispensable resource for getting to know the cards. Though the illustrations and some descriptions focus on the Rider-Waite deck—a deck I don't personally use—I still enjoy consulting Pollack's book to push my understanding further. The card descriptions are rich, but not overloaded, which makes it very easy to grab and peruse even when you're short on time.
As I read Smarsh's thoroughly researched and deeply political memoir about growing up in a poor Kansas farm family, I was awash in similar memories of my own childhood in rural Michigan. If you liked Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed and are wondering what to read after Tara Westover's Educated, THIS IS IT.