I’m Lisa Guidarini.
A freelance reviewer more than a dozen years, I’ve been published in the Chicago Tribune, New York Journal of Books, Chicago Review of Books and Booklist, among others.
That’s the hoity-toity part.
I also love travel and photography, coffee, calling off weddings, and feeding and housing a dog who doesn’t give a crap about people.
Honestly, I just like to hear people ask: BUT WHY?
Twenty-six years of marriage to a man I was deeply incompatible with gave me three beautiful children, now grown. An abusive childhood plus that miserable marriage brought out a genetic pre-disposition to bipolar depression. Getting divorced went a long way toward kicking its ass.
I promise I won’t post any inspirational quotes about that. But I will deal with issues peripherally related to that the rest of my life.
Divorced going on three years, I’ve been on a staggering number of horrifying first dates. Last year, in a fit of romantic frenzy, I sold all my stuff, quit my job, and moved halfway around the world to marry a friend in Scotland. It should have been happily ever after.
SPOILER: it wasn’t.
I came back to the States and started over, all over again. Because what choice did I have. I’m back in Chicago, but wanderlust is strong in me.
I’ve been writing this blog since 2006-ish. Bluestalking grows and evolves with me, reflecting my interests and my own brand of crazy.
I’m glad you’re here. It’s echo-y in here when you’re not.
Native to Faulkner’s Mississippi, I’ve lived in the Chicago metro area more than half my life. I hold a B.A. in English literature from Dominican University in River Forest, IL, and an MLIS (Masters in Library and Information Studies) through the University of Wisconsin, Madison.