Books Young Adult

Phoenixville Rising by Robb Cadigan

What’s more fun than reading a book?

Reading a book about a town you’re familiar with?

Reading a book when you know the author?

Reading a book and then getting to talk tot he author about the book?

yes, YES and YESSSS!!!

That is what is so ding dang fun about being a book reviewer. I get to read great books and meet great authors! That’s why I’m thrilled to present my newest bestie to you today: Robb Cadigan, author of Phoenixville Rising!



Robb is a local guy who made good of himself. But maybe I’ll let him tell you that tale another time, he’s promised to come back and give an interview. Live. in front of the camera. SQUEE!

Anyway, I’m thrilled to present Phoenixville Rising to you because as you might know, I host a book club for adults at the Towne Book Center & Cafe,  just outside Philadelphia. We chose Phoenixville Rising as our June book club pick and the book was my constant companion during my travels to NYC for BEA14.

I’d heard the book was good. Everyone in the neighborhood raved about it. But you know me: I hafta see it for myself. I said: “I’ll be the judge.”

And you know what? It’s Good! I mean like RandomPenguinHouse you should pick it up and republish it good.

Yep. It’s a coming of age story set in Phoenixville PA, a sleepy mill town in suburban Philadelphia. Like many mill towns, Phoenixville was glorious in its heyday. I was born in Pittsburgh so I can relate to this reminiscence.  But don’t let the former mill town saga get you down. Phoenixville Rising is a story of a bunch of streetwise kids and how they cope with life in this town.  Think of it as a modern day Outsiders, by SE Hinton. There are a slew of reasons these kids should do better.

And a slew of reasons why you love them anyway.  Remember your first love? Your first fight? Your yearning to leave a legacy?

Yeah that.

Happens to us all.

And it happened in Phoenixville.

This book would make a great character study for high school classes and is an insightful look into the demise of the mill towns of the past.  If you every get a chance to meet Robb, he’s a Very Important Author; you just haven’t met him yet. Stick with me though, I can introduce you to him. Don’t let his superstar sunglasses intimidate you; he’s a super cool guy who is easy to get along with and can spin a tale that might make you have a feeling.

Wanna connect with him? Catch him on The Twitter: Robb Cadigan and Facebook.  Do let him know I sent ya!

Adult Fiction

Bee Ridgway’s The River of No Return, a Towne Book Center Bookclub Pick

Adult Fiction Books

The Preservationist by Justin Kramon AUTHOR VISIT


One of the funnest aspects of my job at the bookstore (Towne Book Center & Cafe) is hosting book clubs.  This month we read The Preservationist by Justin Kramon and were visited by the author himself!  To be sure, author visits are always fun and eventful but the special part of this club was that he addressed everyone’s comments personally.  What’s not to love about that?

Here’s my video review. Tell me what you think.

If your club has read The Preservationist, why not contact him and see if he’s available?  He’s a good time and a genuinely good egg.  His website is easy:  He’s also on Facebook.

Have you read it?  Tell me what you think!


Cat Thursday

This edition of Cat Thursday shows Cleo reading a book for book club

what is she reading?

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

i hope she finishes it

by Feb 1st!

Wanna see more cats?

Go over to my bestie

at The True Book Addict

to see what other cats are up to!