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Laura Bird

About Laura Bird

Mom, fundraiser, blogger and ardent reader, Laura loves literary fiction, memoir, essays—and helping people find their perfect book.

A Pandemic Playbook for the Times

A blog, a memoir, and five recommendations for further reading By Laura Anne Bird I have to admit that I wasn’t exactly eager to read a book about the COVID-19 pandemic because...well, because we’re still in it. The omicron variant rages on, my city continues to have a mask mandate, and nothing feels normal. Most of the time, I simmer in helplessness and anger, so when The Accidental Plague Diaries was pressed into my hands, my first thought was: I really don’t want think about the pandemic any more than is absolutely necessary. But author Andrew Duxbury MD intrigued me. [...]

2022-01-07T11:54:20-07:00January 7th, 2022|Tags: |

An Interview with Author Mike Brown

Picture books with a mission: Little Netta takes on the world By Laura Anne Bird What child doesn’t love a picture book? They’ve got everything: delightful illustrations, catchy rhymes, and imperative messages about what it means to be both a kid and a human being. Sometimes, picture books go a step further and serve as a tool for social justice—which is why Little Netta’s Gift, written by Mike Brown and illustrated by Selim Nurudeen, caught my eye. Little Netta’s Gift is a charming story about a six-year-old who, following Christmas and her birthday, sends party guests home with all the gifts she’s just [...]

2021-11-19T16:38:19-07:00November 19th, 2021|

Interview with author Nickolas Butler

Godspeed: A bone-chilling novel set in the hot springs of Wyoming By Laura Anne Bird I didn’t think it was possible for me to fall for a novel about construction—yes, construction—but I did, and deeply, because Nickolas Butler has worked some serious literary magic with his fifth book, Godspeed. Godspeed is the harrowing and searingly beautiful story of Cole, Bart, and Teddy of True Triangle Construction. With a harsh winter looming, the three business partners and longtime friends find themselves in a race against the clock to finish a multi-million-dollar house nestled next to a hot spring in the mountains [...]

2022-07-26T05:59:19-07:00September 7th, 2021|