The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

If you're like me and you're as drawn to a book's title and cover as you are the contents of the book itself, then you'll love this one. Grady Hendrix has a knack for writing about horror against the most banal, ordinary, American backgrounds. I think of him as the literary version of the Duffer … Continue reading The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

This book, though incredibly beautiful and lyrical and so very funny at times, is also so heart-wrenching to read that I considered not going with it. And I've read it before, but I think sometimes when you read things at a younger age, you haven't either gone through the devastation and heartbreaks of adulthood so … Continue reading The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

Scenes from New Orleans

My vacation to the Big Easy was filled with gorgeous architecture, history, beautiful buildings, humidity (whew!), tasty cocktails, a few ghosts, and of course, food. Lots of delicious food. You cannot come to NOLA and not eat. A wonderful trip with lots of happy memories. Below: oysters on the half shell at the Desire Oyster … Continue reading Scenes from New Orleans

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Thanks to JG for the photography. I first heard about The Help when the movie, with Octavia Spencer and Cicely Tyson came out, and wanted to read the book first. The storyline, in a nutshell, is the story of two African-American maids - Aibileen and Minny in 1960s Mississippi - and how the lives they … Continue reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

Thanks to KMQ for the photography. We continue with our month-long Halloween theme and a particular favorite book of mine. I'm always excited to reread "The Witching Hour" which is on my top 10 absolute most favorite books in the world. I first discovered Anne Rice one summer when I was 12, visiting my aunt … Continue reading The Witching Hour by Anne Rice