Angela Amman

The Fever – A review

High school relationships are intense — a combination of hoarded emotions and over-analyzed moments, envy and the projection of feelings. A desperation hides beneath the surface of the shiny newness of the connections, unspoken worries about how far is too far and wondering exactly how much you're willing to do for the person you love. [...]

Rare Bird – A review

The countdown to school is ticking loudly. Months have dwindled to weeks, and now days are becoming hours. Soon, the house will be quieter, at least for several hours a week. They've become little puppies lately: running, yelling, tumbling together in piggyback-ride-dance-move-cartwheels that inevitably turn to squabbling and elbow throwing and tears. I attempt separation, but [...]

Tell the Wolves I’m Home – A review

I finished Tell the Wolves I'm Home at my kitchen table, pizza cooking in the oven and my kids working together to craft "Pony Land" out of LEGO pieces. They worked with the oversized duple blocks instead of the tiny pieces I step on at least once a day. I'd like to think it's because she [...]

Miss Mabel’s School for Girls – A review

  Witches hold a strange sort of power in stories. I can remember playing The Wizard of Oz with my friends when we were kids, taking turns being Glinda, because she had the prettiest costume. Abbey's Halloween costume this year was the Wicked Witch, but she was more interested in the oversized shoulder pads and [...]

The Interestings – A review

For a brief period in college, I obsessively looked at applications to be a counselor at a sleep away camp. After having a rollicking good time for two summers as a day camp counselor, I wanted to take the job up a notch. Deterred by bugs and logistics, I took a job at The Gap [...]

After I Do – A review

Who knew extra-curricular decisions for six and four year olds could be complicated? (Well, fine, all parents of older children who have warned me about it, but… ) The circular thoughts about over-scheduling and what we think they should do versus what they've shown an interest in doing and what about when they've shown an [...]

Suzanne Davis Gets a Life – A review

Abbey has determined that when she becomes an adult she will be a veterinarian. Also, she wants to add ballerina, artist, writer, pediatrician, and lifeguard to that list, depending on her mood when you ask her. Though that seems like a lot, it might be more manageable with her proposed living arrangement, which is to [...]

A Good Year for the Roses – A review

Molly Taylor curses in her head — rather frequently, in fact. Often, those exasperated sighs are directed at a bit of ridiculous imagined by one or more of her three sons, particularly once the four of them take up residence with her eccentric Uncle Bertie. Uncle Bertie is a retired Admiral in the British Navy [...]

Hannah, Delivered – A review

Neither of my deliveries went the way I planned. I've written about them, cried about them, reflected on them, and in the end I find myself in a place of gratitude for how each of them ended. I know, though, not all women feel the same way after falling down the rabbit hole of hospital [...]

That Night – A review

His eyes twinkle before he delivers a punchline, even the ones he doesn't fully grasp. Jokes are currency in our house lately, peppering dinner table conversation and distracting kids when they're toeing the line between afternoon and melt-down. Only recently did Dylan begin to understand not every joke began with a "Knock, knock," — even [...]