I would like to report that I have been slaving (happily) away doing nothing but reading books for reviews in magazines, but that is not true. I have been reading some excellent mysteries (mostly by Elizabeth George) and some advance readers of novels (Weird Sisters being my favorite of the bunch so far). The reviews I did write for the February issue of Elle have just been posted on their website. The links to each of my printed comments are below. The theme of February’s Readers’ Prize was apparently suicide. Both memoirs on the topic were enlightening for different reasons and both were well-written, heartfelt, and difficult to read in some places (something you would expect, I hope, in a nonfiction book about death). The third book, about a young man growing up in the shadow of his father’s cocaine addiction, was so different from the other two that it was jarring to classify all three together in one group.
Without further ado, the reviews are as follows: