Motherhood // Sheila Heti

“How can we know how it will go for us, us ambivalent women of thirty-seven?  On the one hand, the joy of children.  On the other hand, the misery of them.  On the one hand, the freedom of not having children.  On the other hand, the loss of never having had them- but what is […]

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Home Fire // Kamila Shamsie

Home Fire has been praised and recognized by so many before me- including two of my favorite literary awards, the Women’s Prize for Fiction (2018 winner) and the Man Booker Prize (2017 longlist).  A retelling of Antigone, Home Fire is Greek tragedy retold for the modern age.  Given that my recollection of Antigone is extremely […]

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Swing Time // Zadie Smith

Ahhh, my first Zadie Smith novel (and my first read of 2019!).  Swing Time wasn’t my first exposure to Zadie, that was “The Waiter’s Wife” back in the spring for my British Literature class.  Yet, everyone warned me not to start with Swing Time, that it was Smith’s worst novel, that it fell flat in […]

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My Favorite Books of 2018

In no particular order, here are some of the best books I read this year! The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne An emotional read, John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies just about broke my heart while making me repeatedly laugh out loud.  More thoughts here. The Idiot by Elif Batuman Even months after reading […]

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2018 Bookshelf

I read 37 books in 2018, 17 of which were debut novels, and 30 written by women. Little Fires Everywhere, read beside the fireplace to ring in the new year // The Queen of Hearts, read in the sunroom with full view of the winter wonderland outside // Everything Here is Beautiful, read during a […]

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