The Kiss Quotient // Helen Hoang

A romance novel with depth and decent writing?  Welcome to 2019!  Though I never read romance, I’m currently in a rom-com kick, and The Kiss Quotient grew too buzzed for me to ignore.  As an #OwnVoices story, author Helen Hoang writes herself into Stella Lane, our heroine, a thirty-year-old mathematician whose Asperger’s makes it difficult […]

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The Proposal // Jasmine Guillory

You know that feeling when you watch a bunch of “serious” films in a row, ones with heavy themes and dramatic conflicts, and you just want to watch a light, silly rom-com to cleanse your palate?  The Proposal is that palate-cleanser in book form.  I’ve been reading a lot of no-joke fiction lately, books like […]

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My Brilliant Friend // Elena Ferrante

I can finally say I’ve taken part in Ferrante Fever!  I gulped up My Brilliant Friend, the first of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels quartet, faster than water during the July heat wave.  Ferrante’s work is reminiscent of Jane Austen, with complex family drama, seriously complicated relationships, and too many characters to keep track of, but […]

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The Nickel Boys // Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead’s work–from his debut The Institutionist to his Pulitzer- and National Book Award-winning The Underground Railroad (2016)–seems to evoke a number of descriptors: powerful, for one, moving and emotional, for another.  The Nickel Boys meets this same criteria and beyond.  Though it was my first experience with Whitehead, The Nickel Boys will certainly not […]

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The Immortalists // Chloe Benjamin

Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists is one of my favorite kinds of books: smart but readable, thought-provoking but easy to follow.  It tells the story of the four Gold children–scholarly Varya, caretaker Daniel, mystical Klara, and baby Simon–after they visit a fortune teller in their youth who predicts the day they will die.  I absolutely whipped […]

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