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….

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…

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…

Get Your Sh*t Together September, Literary Edition

    Unlike most people, January is not my preferred time for resolutions. Since January is my birthday month, I generally spend it indulging, reserving the New Year diets and detoxes for the rest of the world. For me, September is the month of motivation. Maybe it’s the Back-to-School organizers and calendars prominently featured in…

Reads, Ranked: Top Ten Books, Part One

This fall, my friend Kate created a Google Doc called ‘Top Ten Books’ and shared it with all of our friends who read frequently. It was great to see the overlap [popular books included Where’d You Go Bernadette, which I read, but didn’t adore as much as other seemed to; The Interestings, which made an appearance on…

Mommie Dearest: Top Tales of Dysfunctional Families

1. Chanel Bonfire, Wendy Lawless The book I’ve chosen to top off this list reads like an absorbing – yet depressing – work of fiction, but the unfortunate reality is that it’s a memoir, and the author, Wendy Lawless, and her sister had to grow up coping with Georgann, the psychotic mother at the center…