Laura BirdAbout Laura

Mom, fundraiser, blogger and ardent reader, Laura loves literary fiction, memoir, essays—and helping people find their perfect book. Laura was an English major at the University of Notre Dame and now lives in Madison, WI. Among other projects, she writes for The Whole Fairy Tale and BRAVA Magazine.

Laura’s Reviews

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Fleishman Is in Trouble

Of lost wives, liver problems, and phone sex Author: Taffy Brodesser-Akner Fleishman Is in Trouble is not your average novel ...
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City of Girls

"There is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or in being anything other than what you are." Author: Elizabeth Gilbert ...
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Current, The

A show-down at a rural gas station leads to an icy river, which leads to a literary thriller that's hard ...
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Virgil Wander

Life in small-town Minnesota: hard luck, emotional potholes, and a little magic Author: Leif Enger On an icy Minnesota shoreline, ...
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Great Believers, The

“It was an artifact of love. Well—of a hopeless, doomed, selfish, ridiculous love, but what other kind had ever existed?” ...
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Widower’s Notebook, The

Making sense of a broken world Author: Jonathan Santlofer None of us gets through life unscathed. This is why I ...
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Heart’s Invisible Furies, The

"We're none of us normal. Not in this country." Author: John Boyne If, when you think of Ireland, you picture ...
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Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

A story that flows as effortlessly as a green silk ballgown Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid Naturally, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn ...
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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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