Spook, But No Substance: Getting into ‘The Ghost Notebooks’

  When Belletrist first brought The Ghost Notebooks to my attention, I was enthralled. Having grown up going to the Catskills, where the book takes place, and being an avid fan of ghost stories, a book about a couple that takes over an historic house in the Catskills that becomes haunted sounded too good to…

Waffling Over Wolitzer’s ‘Female Persuasion’

I read The Interestings in 2014, and it has since held a firm position in my literary arsenal as an all-time favorite. Wolitzer’s ability to mimic the cadence of life [vacillating almost consistently between painful slowness and overwhelming speed, never fair or mild] made The Interestings the perfect book to read on a slow and…

A ‘Lullaby’ That Will Keep You Up All Night

            At risk of sounding repetitive [as I’ve already mentioned it here, here, and here], I love books by French authors. Though this is an obvious generalization, I do find that where Americans are concerned with elegant prose, the French write in a straightforward, relatable manner. When I read a book, I’m not looking to…

Move Over, Girl on the Train. The Woman is in the Window Now.

We may be just four months in to the year [despite the current East Coast weather throwing it back to February], but I can say with full confidence that I’ve already pinpointed 2018’s standout thriller. I read The Woman in the Window during a solo 16-hour layover in Los Angeles, and I paid no mind…

Fiction Favorite: The Immortalists

The Immortalists is a multi-generational family tale that takes place on New York’s Lower East Side between the 1960s and present day. The book’s premise, as per the jacket, is that four siblings hear about a fortune-teller in their neighborhood who is known for predicting the exact dates of death of those who visit her….

Teachers, Take Note: The Untold Story of the Osage Murders

Image Credit It’s no secret that non-fiction generally isn’t what I reach for when I’m browsing for books. I have dabbled in memoirs and biographies, but, in my [previous] opinion, political and historical tomes are best left in Miller, the college library where I consumed more than enough of them. This past spring, though, during…

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…