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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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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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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Crazy Rich Asians // Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians is certainly not a book I would typically read (in fact, I never would have picked it up had I not loved the movie so darn much) but it was so much fun!  Kwan demonstrates a heavy focus on dialogue, so I absolutely flew through it.  Like a guilty-pleasure romcom, the plot […]

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Gingerbread // Helen Oyeyemi

The hype is REAL for Gingerbread.  I will admit I was initially drawn to it because of its gorgeous cover, which I’d seen lurking around my Instagram feed for several weeks.  Like most Riverhead publications, I was lured in with gorgeous design work, and then pleasantly surprised by the literature inside.  Wonderfully told and vividly […]

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