Author: Freshly Brewed Book Reviews

I want to be independent, but I want to be tak…

I want to be independent, but I want to be taken care of and have someone to come home to.

We are all stinking messes, every last one of …

We are all stinking messes, every last one of us, or we once were messes and found our way out, or we are trying to find our way out of a mess, scratching, reaching.

All too often, suffering exists in a realm bey…

All too often, suffering exists in a realm beyond vocabulary so we navigate that realm awkwardly, fumbling for the right words, hoping we can somehow approximate an understanding of matters that should never have to be understood by anyone in any place in the world.

Every superhero has a sad story shaping his or…

Every superhero has a sad story shaping his or her heroism.

People who die from disease or injury are hero…

People who die from disease or injury are heroic for having endured until they could endure no longer.

Social media is a curious thing. On the one ha…

Social media is a curious thing. On the one hand, it offers an endless parade of ephemera from the daily lives of friends, family, and strangers—discussions of a fondness for yogurt, a picture of a barista’s decoration in latte foam, descriptions of excellent meals, pictures of pets and small children or maybe an abandoned easy chair on a crowded street corner. There’s all manner of self-promotion and relentless affirmation. There are knee-jerk, ill-informed reactions to, well, everything. The abundance of triviality is as hypnotic as it is repulsive.

If readers discount certain topics as unworthy…

If readers discount certain topics as unworthy of their attention, if readers are going to judge a book by its cover or feel excluded from a certain kind of book because the cover is, say, pink, the failure is with the reader, not the writer.

For every step forward, there is some asshole …

For every step forward, there is some asshole shoving progress back.

We all have history. You can think you’re over…

We all have history. You can think you’re over your history. You can think the past is the past. And then something happens, often innocuous, that shows you how far you are from over it. The past is always with you.

The Hunger Games trilogy is dark and brutal, b…

The Hunger Games trilogy is dark and brutal, but in the end, the books also offer hope—for a better world and a better people and, for one woman, a better life, a life she can share with a man who understands her strength and doesn’t expect her to compromise that strength, a man who can hold her weak places and love her through the darkest of her memories, the worst of her damage. Of course I love the Hunger Games. The trilogy offers the tempered hope that everyone who survives something unendurable hungers for.