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 Girls // Emma Cline

Emma Cline’s debut novel The Girls was the “it” book of summer 2016, and, yes, it did take me three years to finally pick it up.  Moody and dramatic, very much like the first season of True Detective, it follows fourteen year-old Evie Boyd’s coming-of-age as she is drawn into a dangerous, Manson-esque cult.  Told […]

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