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

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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Paris for One and Other Stories

A collection of short stories as fizzy as your cocktail Author: Jojo Moyes Will you be traveling somewhere tropical for ...
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Last Days of Night, The

An illuminating look at the compulsion of invention Author: Graham Moore I was an English major. If you ask me ...
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After Party, The

High society in Houston: secrets as plentiful as Texas oil Author: Anton DiSclafani I would love to climb into Anton ...
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Britt-Marie Was Here

Adulterous husband + boisterous soccer team + crotchety woman in Sweden’s backwaters = Ha?! Author: Fredrik Backman After loving the ...
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“One may smile, and smile, and be a villain” Author: Ian McEwan So, it’s been awhile since you read Hamlet? ...
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How to Party With an Infant

If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy Author: Kaui Hart Hemmings Did you ever see The Descendants? (If not, do ...
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Gentleman in Moscow, A

Na zdorovie! Cheers to house arrest with cocktails Author: Amor Towles “It is a lovely oddity of human nature that ...
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Truly Madly Guilty

What happened at the bloody barbecue?! Author: Liane Moriarty Australian novelist Liane Moriarty is a crazy good writer, but she ...
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Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Just when you think you’re finished with WWII fiction  Author: Chris Cleave “Keep calm and carry on.” We’re all familiar ...
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