Book Club - A Good Hard Look

Deborah Harkness
Alex George
Ann Napolitano
William Deresiewicz
Jessica Spotswood
Geraldine Brooks
Brené Brown
Stephanie McAfee
Sophie Morgan
Tana French
Terry McMillan
Jen Lancaster
Geneen Roth
Julie Klam
Amy Kalafa
Ally Condie
Julia Cameron
Kate Marshall & David Marshall
Sylvia Day
Edited by Stacy Morrison, Julie Ross Godar & Rita Arens
Amor Towles
Jeremy Page
Dominique Browning
Karen White
Stephen Dau
Laura Moriarty
Laura Dave
Kim Edwards
Jeffrey Zaslow
Claire Bidwell Smith
Seré Prince Halverson
Eleanor Brown
Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
Lisa Gardner
Linwood Barclay
Liane Moriarty
Gayle Forman
William D. Lassek, M.D. & Steven J.C. Gaulin, Ph.D.
Vanessa Williams & Helen Williams

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A Good Hard Look

A Good Hard Look: MAJOR SPOILERS Edition

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A Good Hard Look Is a Nice, Easy Read

After reading three or four dark, depressing, serious books (including the Diary of Anne Frank) in a row, A Good Hard Look by Ann Napolitano felt like a breath of fresh air. The easy-to-read style and intertwining-storyline structure reminded me a bit of Maeve Binchy, although the characters aren't quite as likeable.  Read more >

A Good Hard Look Is Too Pretty

As someone who admires and has taught the writing of Flannery O'Connor, I was excited to get my hands on Ann Napolitano's fictional account of her life and the lives of inhabitants from her hometown of Milledgeville, Georgia. A Good Hard Look starts out describing the squalling of O'Connor's brazen peacocks the night before a wedding.  Read more >

Take A Good Hard Look at Your Life

I’ve been looking for a book to recommend to my book club and I think I found it. Ann Napolitano's A Good Hard Look delivers with a writing style that lets you breeze through the pages wondering what is going to happen next.  Read more >

A Good Hard Look: What Goes Around Comes Around

Set in a small Georgia town A Good Hard Look by Ann Napolitano involves a varied cast of characters. It all begins on the eve of Cookie and Melvin’s wedding with an unfortunate event that sets the tone for the rest of the book. Cookie, a committee-chairing social butterfly who grew up in Milledgeville, has high aspirations for her well-to-do, recently relocated husband.  Read more >

A Good Hard Look Is a Lovely Story...

I judge a book by its cover. There, I said it. I took one glance at A Good Hard Look by Ann Napolitano and decided it was tacky. After reading the book, I don’t think the cover matched the feel of the book at all. The book was lovely.  Read more >

A Good Hard Look: An Emotional Novel

When I finished Ann Napolitano's A Good Hard Look, I wasn't sure how to begin a review. It was so good I didn't think I could do it justice.  Read more >

A Good Hard Look: Why You Need to Be a Southerner to Write About the South (SPOILERS!)

"...anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic." -Flannery O'Connor. When BlogHer announced an opportunity to review A Good Hard Look, a novel about Flannery O'Connor by Ann Napolitano, I jumped at the chance.  Read more >

The Women of A Good Hard Look

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it" -- Flannery O'Connor Ann Napolitano does a fantastic job of bringing the women of Milledgeville together in A Good Hard Look to create a story that is rich, colorful and tragic. I will be honest, upon reading the book I had no idea who Flannery O'Connor was and I thought her character was complete fiction.  Read more >

A Good Hard Look - A Tapestry of Characters Almost as Complicated as a Peacock Feather

I’ve only heard of Flannery O’Connor and seen the movie Wise Blood based on one of her novels (never read her novels), but I read a bit about her before reading Ann Napolitano's A Good Hard Look. I was fascinated by her obsession with peacocks, and how her devout Catholicism shaped her novels.  Read more >