Book Talk: Station Eleven

Emily St. John Mandel’s novel Station Eleven is the book that really, really convinced me to stop reading post-apocalyptic dystopian fiction. Sure you might think that The Road would have done that. But while I found Cormac McCarthy’s father-and-son novel … Continue reading

Santa Barbara: The Good

Back again from Santa Barbara, which has become our summer tradition. It’s not that we aren’t willing to travel anywhere else, it’s just that Santa Barbara is so nice, and so easy–easy to get to, and easy to be in. … Continue reading

BookTalk: More Please, The Hungry Animal Book

Dorothy Kunhardt is famous for writing Pat the Bunny. She also wrote More Please, which we discovered via Baguette’s speech therapist and may be the most maddening thing we own. Baguette calls it “Make a Doggie.” I’m not sure why, … Continue reading

BookTalk: Petunia, The Girl Who Was NOT A Princess

Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for writing a review. All views expressed are my own. Looking for new books to mix up your child’s library? Baguette really likes to revisit her favorites, but … Continue reading

Q & A?

I read this list of “the best” children’s books of 2014. A lot of them look great. And then the entry for The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall got me thinking. The standard advice about answering children’s questions about “tricky” subjects–sex, … Continue reading

What Comes To Mind

I’ve read Tuck Everlasting more than once and have no idea what happens in that book. Ditto Wide Sargasso Sea. I also don’t understand the appeal of ripped jeans as attractive fashion. I didn’t get them last time, either.  Is … Continue reading

Friday Five: September 5, 2014

Things that come to mind: 1) We took a trip to visit cousins over Labor Day weekend, and had a wonderful time. I grew up across the country from much of my family, and didn’t know what I was missing. … Continue reading

On Gifts

Baguette loves gifts, and she gets a lot of them. Mr. Sandwich and I are constantly buying her books, and she had grandparents on both sides who are always on the lookout for toys and games that will capture her … Continue reading

Summer in Santa Barbara

I wish we could spend the whole summer in Santa Barbara, but I really can’t complain about having a week there. While Kauai is our top vacation spot, it’s a little out of our reach right now. Three plane tickets … Continue reading