About Laura Anne

For as long as she can remember, Laura Anne Bird has had a stack of at least 15 books sitting next to her bed. Many of them are library Laura Anne Birdbooks, and many of them are overdue, which means she spends a good deal of cash paying off her fines each month. But she believes that it is worth every penny to surround oneself with great literature.

An English major from the University of Notre Dame, Laura writes professionally as a fundraising consultant for a handful of non-profit organizations. She writes grant proposals, direct mail pieces, and special event scripts, but what brings her a deeper sense of joy and meaning is reviewing books and finding the humor in her experiences as a mother of three at The Whole Fairy Tale. She also writes a quarterly feature for BRAVA Magazine called “On Her Bookshelf.”

Laura lives in Madison, WI. When she’s not folding copious baskets of laundry or reading her favorite genre of literary fiction, she spends her time running, cooking, and taking her blind dog on walks (yes, really).

Laura Anne’s Reviews

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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Yes, this offbeat novel really does contain erotic stories Author: Balli Kaur Jaswal If nothing else, Balli Kaur Jaswal deserves ...
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Tell Me More

A fearless storyteller delivers her best book yet Author: Kelly Corrigan Are you a mother who has dropped the F-bomb ...
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Wife, The

Angela and Jason: can this marriage be saved? Author: Alafair Burke Alafair Burke’s assured new book, The Wife, is billed ...
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Manhattan Beach

“It only hurts at first… After a while, you can’t feel anything.” Author: Jennifer Egan At first glance, the Jennifer ...
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Immortalists, The

It's the end of the world as we know it Author: Chloe Benjamin Before you open Chloe Benjamin’s second novel, ...
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Bright Hour, The: A Memoir of Living and Dying

"I am not done becoming me. I am still in the works." Author: Nina Riggs Occasionally I find myself stalking ...
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Goodbye, Vitamin

“What imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers.” Author: Rachel Khong In Goodbye, Vitamin, her outstanding debut ...
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Anything Is Possible

A return to small-town Illinois: windmills, dairy farms, and heartache Author: Elizabeth Strout Fans of Elizabeth Strout, rejoice. She has ...
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Misfortune of Marion Palm, The

Mom as embezzler: “detachment in its most elegant and pure form” Author: Emily Culliton In her excellent debut novel, Emily ...
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Reason You’re Alive, The

A Vietnam vet's quest to make amends Author: Matthew Quick Matthew Quick’s eighth novel, The Reason You’re Alive, should be ...
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“People are ready—not tomorrow, but now—to be vulnerable and undirected and intimate again.” Author: Courtney Maum Courtney Maum’s second novel, ...
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Losing it in the lab Author: Weike Wang In Weike Wang’s spare first novel, Chemistry, we are introduced to a ...
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Love Warrior

"We can do hard things. Because we are Warriors." Author: Glennon Doyle Melton I was reading Love Warrior, Glennon Doyle ...
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Arrangement, The

An agonizing peek inside an open marriage Author: Sarah Dunn  “Rule Number One: No one can ever know... Rule Number Two: ...
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Edgar & Lucy

A colorful look at an albino boy and his family's tragic past Author: Victor Lodato Not since reading John Irving’s ...
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A devastating yet hilarious look at creativity, friendship, and the thrill of animation Author: Kayla Rae Whitaker I was not ...
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Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

A nighttime stroll on New Year's Eve: remembering poetry, feminism and advertising in 1930s Manhattan  Author: Kathleen Rooney During the 1930s, ...
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Everything You Want Me to Be

"Something wicked this way comes.” -William Shakespeare, Macbeth Author: Mindy Mejia Mindy Mejia’s sophomore effort, Everything You Want Me to ...
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When Breath Becomes Air

 “See what courage sounds like. See how brave it is to reveal yourself in this way." -Abraham Verghese, in the ...
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You Will Not Have My Hate

Love and defiance in the wake of terror Author: Antoine Leiris Antoine Leiris’ You Will Not Have My Hate is ...
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