Slow Burn: Katie Kitamura’s ‘A Separation’

     When Katie Kitamura’s novel, A Separation, was heralded as a “literary Gone Girl,” I purchased it without hesitation. Upon completion of the book, I feel it is my duty to inform future readers that this description is entirely inaccurate. Regardless, the book is worth a read. Different from Gone Girl in almost every…

2016’s Finest: ‘The Nix’ by Nathan Hill

  I wrote yesterday about breaking out of a reading rut, and after devouring the 620-page behemoth The Nix in a matter of two days, I think I can safely say the curse has been lifted. The ultimate measure of a book’s quality is, in my opinion, when you get close to the end and…

Hadley Hemingway’s “Moveable Feast”

  When The Paris Wife made its 2011 debut to much fanfare, I had little interest in picking it up. I had no idea who Hadley Richardson was and hadn’t read any Hemingway, so I imagined I’d have trouble relating to or enjoying Paula McLain’s work. Fast-forward five years and I’ve still only read one…

Jean-Philippe Blondel Will Put Your Commute Into Perspective

Though I often claim to seek out the ‘latest and greatest in literature,’ I must admit that I source many of my own recommendations from the “Noteworthy Fiction” shelves of the bookstore in addition to critical acclaim and word-of-mouth. Today, however, is different—and Thursday (my posting schedule is a bit off this week due to…

Kate Betts’ My Paris Dream: The Perfect Postgrad Read

    This May, in the days following my college graduation and preceding my post-graduate trip to Paris, a friend posted on Facebook about the release of Kate Betts’ memoir, My Paris Dream. I was instantly enticed by the beautiful cover – whenever I pull it out in public, I receive comments on the jacket without…

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…