Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography by Rob Lowe

I have always been vaguely aware of Rob Lowe, but it has only been within the last two months or so that I have developed a full-blown crush on the man. This is largely due to my recent binge-watching of the entire Parks and Recreation series, paired with Lowe’s new Direct TV commercials. Both are amazing. Other than that, the only things I knew about Rob Lowe were that he played my favorite character in the mini-series based on The Stand (LOVE Nick Andros) and that at one time, he was involved in some sort of sex scandal. Deciding that it was high time that I learned more about this man, I purchased his book. Continue reading “Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography by Rob Lowe”

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The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

[blockquote source=”The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair”]”A good book, Marcus, is not judged by its last words but by the cumulative effect of all the words that have preceded them. About half a second after finishing your book, after reading the very last word, the reader should be overwhelmed by a particular feeling. For a moment he should think only of what he has just read; he should look at the jacket and smile a little sadly because he is already missing all the characters. A good book, Marcus, is a book you are sorry has ended.”[/blockquote]

This is some of the advice that famed novelist Harry Quebert gives his protege, Marcus Goldman, towards the end of The Harry Quebert Affair. It is sound wisdom regarding how a good book should end, and one would think that the author of the book containing this passage might follow his own advice. Unfortunately, Joel Dicker’s well-received novel does not leave one mourning the characters, but rather celebrating the fact that they no longer have to be tolerated. I am not in any way “sorry” that this book ended. In fact, I was relieved that it had finally been put out of its misery after 656 grueling pages. Continue reading “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker”

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

I’m a sucker for these fictional books about famous people’s wives, and as I love Edgar Allan Poe, Mrs. Poe instantly appealed to me. I picked up this book and thought to myself, “this is a bad idea,” but I read it anyway. It was a bad idea. It was not about Poe’s wife, Virginia, but instead about Poe’s alleged mistress, Frances Osgood. Apparently some historians believe that these two had a few rolls in the hay, and Cullen uses that scant theory as a jumping off point for her bizarre novel. Continue reading “Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen”