Church Street Blog

Kids at the Library: Looking at life through Sparkle-covered Sunglasses

January 16, 2013 | Brooke McCarley | 3 Comments

Brooke is a librarian at a certain library in Alabama that will go unnamed here to protect the innocent. And by “innocent,” we mean “people who have a semi-creepy thing for librarians and think free... read full article

Losing Your Mind, One Month at a Time

January 10, 2013 | Elisa Munoz

It was Tolstoy who said, “Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” but it’s Elisa who writes about their unhappiness. In this column, she reads and reviews the best memoirs of the worst... read full article

Killing Lincoln: Bobby Kind-of Reads a Book Sort-of Written by Bill O’Reilly

January 08, 2013 | Bobby Watson

Bobby Watson is a recovering non-reader. After devoting his formative and college years to reading, he’s been seduced by the business of life, the addictive nature of cable TV, and the all-consuming need for a... read full article

Binary Cary Learns How to Be a Woman

December 18, 2012 | Cary Norton

You’ve heard of the stars system of reviewing: four stars is good, two and a half stars is okay, etc. … Cary hates it. What’s the point of all those shades of gray, anyway —... read full article

At Least THIS Isn't Your Family: Holiday Memoirs As Comfort Reading

December 12, 2012 | Elisa Munoz

It was Tolstoy who said, “Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” but it’s Elisa who writes about their unhappiness. In this column, she reads and reviews the best memoirs of the worst... read full article

Monks, Manuscripts, and Movies

December 11, 2012 | Clair McLafferty | 1 Comment

Everyone loves a good book-turned movie … but sometimes novels just shouldn’t make the switch to screen. A longtime lover of both books and movies, Clair McLafferty explores which pages should (and shouldn’t) make it... read full article

Science of the Mind Trilogy: The Power of Habit

December 05, 2012 | Chris Morrow

Wormholes, interplanetary space travel, memory charms, stargazing — they’re the stuff of science fiction, but they’re also rooted in science fact. Chris’s mission is to explore the amazing in both novels and non-fiction, and to... read full article

Bookstore Review: Wandering the Strand

November 29, 2012 | Marge Malone

When we read about Marge’s travels — and her frequent visits to bookshops — on her blog, we were jealous. Then we remembered that we do most of our site seeing through reading anyway, so... read full article

These Shoes Weren't Made For Walking

November 28, 2012 | Kevin Wilder

Story by Kevin Wilder Ever wonder what makes a writer an author? Are they born with author genes, or does it have more to with family life, personal discipline, or what kind of cereal they choose... read full article

Head in the Clouds: Cloud Atlas Is Worth the Read, Even If a Little Fluffy

November 20, 2012 | Cassia Kesler

Cloud Atlas is one of those books that I felt like I should love more than I actually loved it. I enjoyed it, especially on an intellectual and literary level. I just didn’t love it... read full article

This Title Will Not Suffice: In Defense of a Good Dessert

November 19, 2012 | Mollie Hawkins

Librarians have a certain … mystique. They’re strict gatekeepers to the world of books. Cataloguers of information. Guardians of story. Watchdogs of truth. Mollie’s not a librarian yet (she’s a Library Page), but she’s taking... read full article

Need a Costume? How about "Sexy Writer"

October 31, 2012 | Elisa Munoz

It was Tolstoy who said, “Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” but it’s Elisa who writes about their unhappiness. In this column, she reads and reviews the best memoirs of the worst... read full article

Poetry, Lyrics, and the Music of WHY?

October 29, 2012 | Kevin Wilder

Story by Kevin Wilder Ever wonder what makes a writer an author? Are they born with author genes, or does it have more to with family life, personal discipline, or what kind of cereal they... read full article

City Lights: A Sorta Review

October 26, 2012 | Mollie Hawkins

Librarians have a certain … mystique. They’re strict gatekeepers to the world of books. Cataloguers of information. Guardians of story. Watchdogs of truth. Mollie’s not a librarian yet (she’s a Library Page), but she’s taking... read full article

Drinking the Gravy: The Meta-narrative Novel

October 24, 2012 | Marc Marker

Story by Marc Parker Most of us avoid absurdity and awkwardness — Marc embraces it (at least in literature). Because it’s those tools that help some of our great writers strip away our preconceptions about... read full article

Lost in Translation: Kraken

October 19, 2012 | Clair McLafferty

Everyone loves a good book-turned movie … but sometimes novels just shouldn’t make the switch to screen. A longtime lover of both books and movies, Clair McLafferty explores which pages should (and shouldn’t) make it... read full article

Library Drinking: On Second Thought ...

October 16, 2012 | Mollie Hawkins

Librarians have a certain … mystique. They’re strict gatekeepers to the world of books. Cataloguers of information. Guardians of story. Watchdogs of truth. Mollie’s not a librarian yet (she’s a Library Page), but she’s taking... read full article

The "Other" Church Street

October 11, 2012 | Marge Malone

When we read about Marge’s travels — and her frequent visits to bookshops — on her blog, we were jealous. Then we remembered that we do most of our site seeing through reading anyway, so... read full article

A Beautiful Mess: Zadie Smith's NW

October 03, 2012 | Cassia Kesler

Story by Cassia Kesler   I think it was Kafka who wrote that a book should stab us, wound us, knock us out of our complacency … although of course he put it more beautifully... read full article

Sleepwalking through Storytelling

October 01, 2012 | Elisa Munoz

It was Tolstoy who said, “Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” but it’s Elisa who writes about their unhappiness. In this column, she reads and reviews the best memoirs of the worst... read full article