If you haven’t heard of Ingrid Michaelson, you’ve probably hummed one of her many songs which have been featured on commercials and popular TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy. In need of a good book? On your next trip to the book store, be sure to check out this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan!
“A Visit from the Goon Squad is centered, nominally, on the aging owner of an independent record label and his comely, kleptomania-prone assistant. But it is in fact a frequently dazzling piece of layer-cake meta-fiction, told via a sprawling constellation of characters and linked vignettes that spill from the late-’70s Bay Area punk scene to the African plains, the dissolute slums of Naples, and the flush New York suburbs of the ’90s boom.” - Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
“Her new novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, is a medley of voices — in first, second and third person — scrambled through time and across the globe with a 70-page PowerPoint presentation reproduced toward the end. I know that sounds like the headache-inducing, aren’t-I-brilliant tedium that sends readers running to nonfiction, but Egan uses all these stylistic and formal shenanigans to produce a deeply humane story about growing up and growing old in a culture corroded by technology and marketing.” – Ron Charles, The Washington Post
“Michaelson is no longer a part-time waitress with a songwriting habit; she’s a seasoned road veteran, acutely aware of what it takes to invest her audience, and Everybody often plays like a greatest-hits album.”
– Andrew Leahey, All Music Guide, Billboard.com
Michaelson broke into the music scene after one of her songs were licensed for Gray’s Anatomy. Her music is light yet her lyrics are very meaningful. Her album is one that I listen to from beginning to end, but my favorites are The Way I am and Be Ok. – RebelMom Pick!
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