Cheap Thrill: Noah Hawley’s Before the Fall

  If you’re on my blog, you’re likely well aware that I’m a big fan of books. But what you might not know is that I’m also physically incapable of watching television. Every few months, I halfheartedly ask my friends for recommendations and listen to them wax enthusiastic about the latest Netflix Original or HBO…

It’s Semple Meets Suburbia With Perrotta’s ‘Mrs. Fletcher’

For years, Tom Perrotta has expertly captured the sensibilities of suburban America in the way that no other author can. From Election [yes, the movie that introduced Reese and Ryan started as a Perrotta book] to The Leftovers [okay, so the whole rapture part isn’t necessarily a daily occurrence in suburbia, but the backdrop upon…

“100 Pages Too Long”

    …it’s a refrain that I often find myself repeating when asked about popular books. And it’s a refrain that I will be repeating yet again below – so apologies in advance if you’ve heard this from me one too many times. Though it’s been too long since my posts haven’t been spaced months…

Found in Translation: Katherine Pancol

    Given that I just woke up from a dream in which my blog domain name had expired and caused every post to vanish, I feel I am long overdue for a post—and today, I finally have something positive to report. I’ve mentioned my love for French authors in translation many a time (The…

Labor Day Reading Roundup

Though I’ve been busy working for my beach weekends and haven’t devoted quite as much time to this site as I had planned this summer, I have been quietly reading away, and have prepared an end-of-summer reading roundup for all of you before I take the blog back up a notch and start posting more…

Mini-Review: Claire Fuller’s ‘Swimming Lessons’

  I first discovered the impossibly chic Lucy Williams on a random scroll through Instagram a few weeks back. I came to her page to check out a Missoma London choker she had designed, stayed for her adorable collection of well-priced dresses (she features everything from Ghost Fashion to Realisation Par to Mango), and was…

Short Trip? Try a Short Story.

Photo Credit    For whatever reason, I have always been a bit averse to short stories. Many of them are simply less gratifying than an entire novel. Given the brevity of the short story, character development is limited, and authors generally use short stories as a time to either flaunt their abilities to craft beautiful…

Paradise, Found: Fly Me is Indisputably the Book of the Summer

If you’ve been following my posts for the past few weeks, it is more than likely you are familiar with the fact that I’ve been on a quest to find The Girls of 2017. It’s not that The Girls was my favorite book of all time, but it was engaging and twisty, and provided insight…

Is Woman No. 17 The Next ‘Girls’?

Spoiler Alert: it is most certainly not. Those with similar literary tastes to mine would likely agree that summer 2016 was an epic one for the written word. Sweetbitter, The Girls, and Rich & Pretty, all of which I tore through in a matter of weekdays (subway commutes, lunch—trust me, people who ‘don’t have time to…

You Know It’s Thriller Night

Thriller number two on your summer agenda is suited to those who prefer a fast-moving blockbuster to a nuanced tale (if you err on the side of subtlety, please redirect to my Based on a True Story review). The Perfect Girl comes from Gilly Macmillan, who authored What She Knew, which I devoured two winters…