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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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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Touch

“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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Chemistry

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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Animators

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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To Capture What We Cannot Keep

La Tour Eiffel: a novel of lust and engineering Author: Beatrice Colin Beatrice Colin’s To Capture What We Cannot Keep ...
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All True Not a Lie in It

An odd but beautiful peek into the mind of an American folk hero Author: Alix Hawley Like its narrator, Alix ...
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My Name Is Lucy Barton (Laura)

Move over Olive Kitteridge: Elizabeth Strout gives us her most affecting novel yet Author: Elizabeth Strout “I have always depended ...
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I’ll Take You There

Don’t take me there Author: Wally Lamb To give a Wally Lamb book anything less than five stars is like ...
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Today Will Be Different

A maddening and madcap day in Seattle Author: Maria Semple Much like her splendid Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Semple’s newest ...
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Long Way Home: A Boy’s Incredible Journey from India to Australia and Back Again

Going off the rails on a crazy train Author: Saroo Brierley Imagine a five-year-old accidentally boarding an empty train carriage ...
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