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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George Saunders: April 18, 2019

As Lincoln in the Bardo is one of my new favorite novels, I was immensely pleased to hear that its author George Saunders would be making the trek to my hometown for a book talk and signing this month.  It’s not every day you get to hear a Booker Prize winner speak! Saunders began the […]

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Outline // Rachel Cusk

Outline took a hot minute to get into, but once I was in, I was hooked.  Unfortunately, I felt like I finally started to “get” it just in time for it to end, around the halfway point.  The second chunk went down much easier than the first; Outline is one of those novels where you […]

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McNally Jackson, New York, NY

SoHo’s McNally Jackson is one of the most aesthetic and best-curated indie bookstores I’ve ever visited.  Sure, the employees are the most hipster (read: the rudest) you’ll find, but that comes with the territory of being an independent bookstore in one of New York City’s trendiest areas. I visited McNally Jackson on a Wednesday afternoon […]

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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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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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