The Scariest Book You’ll Read This Year is Entirely True.

  Without You, There Is No Us, Suki Kim’s 2014 memoir, is the scariest book I’ve ever read. How can a memoir be scary? Because it’s a Korean-American teacher’s account of the six months she spent teaching North Korea’s most elite college students, and what they do and don’t know about the world is truly…

Short & Sweet Storytelling: Wit & Wisdom in Essay Form

It’s all too easy to the ignore the personal essay as something best left for academia; those of us who have studied the Humanities have almost certainly digested dozens of them a weekly basis at any given time in our lives. I rarely read any essays for pleasure throughout college, but in postgraduate life I…

Reads, Ranked: Memoirs of The Best and Brightest Businesswomen

Though I tend towards fiction, when in search of an engaging and inspiring read, I’ll hit the memoirs section. Whether or not this is subconscious I am unsure, but I always end up picking up autobiographies of women. Perhaps it’s because I find the tale of, say, Tamara Mellon, more relatable and in line with my…

Reads, Ranked: The Final Five

Welcome to the second half of my Top Ten Books list! The position of these books lower on my list means nothing; I did not rank the reads in order of preference. However, the second half does seem to feature more non-fiction than yesterday’s installment, also unintentional, but worth nothing. Let’s get started: 1. The Opposite of…

Reading Hemingway in Paris

Though academics might scold me for holding off on Hemingway, I had the unique pleasure of discovering his memoir, A Moveable Feast, in perfect time with my trip to Paris. I began the book on the TGV train from Paris to St. Raphael, and his rich descriptions of café crèmes at the Cloiserie de Lilas…