Still Life with Elephant by Judy Reene Singer

Secrets are like plants. They can stay buried deep in the earth for a long time, but eventually they’ll send up shoots and give themselves away. They have to. It’s their nature. Just a tiny green stem at first. Which slowly, insidiously grows taller, stronger, unfolding itself, until there it is. A big fat secret, […]

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

If it was true that moss did not have roots…perhaps the unattached, the unwanted, the unloved, could grow to give love as lushly as anyone else.  Redonk Nutshell: Troubled young woman finds direction through a gift with flower design and the Victorian meaning behind each plant The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is April’s book […]

Book Smarts: Your Smut is Making You Dumb

An article posted March 26th, 2012 in The Atlantic by author Maura Kelly challenges us to commit to a Slow-Books Manifesto.  The idea is this: read 30 minutes a day, every day, mostly classics, to enrich your brainpower and ultimately your life.  Anything non-literary doesn’t count.  That means newspapers, magazines, non-fiction, or foo-foo reading don’t count […]

The Kingdom of Ohio by Matthew Flaming

Redonk Nutshell: An old photograph brings back memories of a woman and her strange and astonishing tale of time travel Mr. Raunchy Ryan recommended this book to me after he finished it.  It’s a historical romp through NYC during it’s industrial revolution age, and we get to meet historically relevant figures like Tesla, Edison, and […]