Red Door Reviews

In 2012, I launched a Twitter Book Review feed called Red Door Reviews. 

Tweet-sized offerings on book content and quality. Title, review, link, star rating. A rapier wit as space and context allow.

For a full list of my past reviews, please visit my website.

You can receive my book review tweets by following me @RedDoorReviews.

Chronicle of an Avid Reader

A mouse changed my life.

Of course, he was no ordinary mouse. Stuart Little wore clothes, spoke, had human parents. One night in 1989, I flopped face down on my bed with his story. We stayed up all night together, a mouse wearing a cravat and a five-year-old girl wearing a pink polyester nightgown, hiding from cats, drinking sarsaparillas. When the dawn came, I was different. In one night I'd lived a whole life, had experienced heartbreak and triumph. Even as I pressed the covers closed again, the adventure stayed with me. I knew I'd read the book again, but I also knew I had to read others. Lots of them.

Thanks in no small part to characters like Nancy Drew and Henry Reed, as well as authors like Avi and Judy Blume, I spent my entire childhood with a book in my hand. Books then proceeded to follow me through high school, college, into my marriage, my career, and now graduate school.

The pleasure of a good book is the way its flint connects with my steel. There is no protagonist in the world of literature who exists or prospers without firing something in the heart of the reader. I am as integral to every story I read as any of the characters, any element of plot, any moral, any setting, any conflict. Reading is the most active way I know to seek out relationships and knowledge. It is useful, and it inspires me every day.

If you stop by for a visit, please take a moment to recommend your favorite book to me. I keep a list of recommendations and would be grateful to receive more!


Books I Have Loved

Desert Solitaire - Edward Abbey

The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing - Melissa Bank

All Over But the Shoutin' - Rick Bragg

My Antonia - Willa Cather

Manhood for Amateurs - Michael Chabon

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

An American Childhood - Annie Dillard

The Writing Life - Annie Dillard

Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier

Home Ground - Lynn Freed

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight - Alexandra Fuller

Sophie's World - Jostein Gaarder

The Little Virtues - Natalia Ginzburg

The Story of a Marriage - Andrew Sean Greer

The Stars, The Snow, The Fire - John Haines

The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

Lost in Translation - Eva Hoffman

Cowboys Are My Weakness - Pam Houston

Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott

The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

The Egg and I - Betty MacDonald

West with the Night - Beryl Markham

Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

Literary Occasions - V.S. Naipaul

The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien

'Tis Herself - Maureen O'Hara

Jacob Have I Loved - Katherine Paterson

The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

Bad Mother - Ayelet Waldman

Forgive Me - Amanda Eyre Ward

Girl Meets God - Lauren F. Winner

Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates

(This is not an exhaustive list, of course, just a few of my favorites, most of which I've read multiple times, fueling my addiction with every read.) 


Books I Really Ought to Have Read By Now

The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

Tess of the D'Ubervilles - Thomas Hardy

The Shining - Stephen King

The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli

A Bend in the River - V.S. Naipaul

You Must Remember This - Joyce Carol Oates

1984 - George Orwell

Eugene Onegin - Alexander Pushkin

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut

A Handful of Dust - Evelyn Waugh

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