Dept. of Speculation // Jenny Offill

I read Dept. of Speculation in one sitting, absolutely unable to put down Offill’s sparkling spare prose.  If I hadn’t borrowed my copy from the library, I would have underlined basically the entire novel; Offill writes through a remarkably keen perspective.  Dept. of Speculation is the kind of novel you want to sit and clutch […]

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Normal People // Sally Rooney

It’s safe to say Sally Rooney is the author of the moment, and has been for a while now.  I was nervous to pick up Normal People, Rooney’s sophomore effort, after loving her debut Conversations with Friends so darn much.  I didn’t devour Normal People like I did Conversations; its time-jump structure begs for a […]

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Library Book Sale Haul

Two things I love most: books and sales!  I’ve been frequenting my local library lately, checking out backlist titles and donating some reads I’d lost interest in.  When I saw the annual book sale was coming up, I couldn’t resist.  I ended up walking away with nine gently-used books, including two hardcovers, for just nine […]

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The Art of Fielding // Chad Harbach

Harbach made quite the splash when The Art of Fielding came out in 2011.  Big, chunky novels that follow multiple interconnected characters are my favorites, so when baseball weather (chilly, windy, damp) rolled around this year, I decided it was the perfect time to *finally* see what all the fuss was about. From the back […]

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Current Reads: April 29, 2019

I am home sweet home after a few months away and it feels so good!  While I’m busy spring-cleaning my bedroom, spending time with family, and slowly putting my life back together, I thought I’d share a glimpse of what I’m reading right now.  After a while of reading just one book at a time, […]

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The Friend // Sigrid Nunez

“Something bad happens to the dog: a lesson learned early, from childhood books.  The animals in those stories often die, often in bad ways.  Old Yeller.  The red pony.  And even when they don’t die, even when they’re not just alive but happy at the end, they suffer, often badly, often they are put through […]

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