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…

Need to While Away a Winter Weekend? Try a Cozy Mystery

  I had never heard the term “cozy mystery” until a few months back. I have made my love for mysteries fairly apparent on the site, but I always lumped them into one category. Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered that within the mystery genre sits a small, adorable category described by Wikipedia as:…

An Exploration of England with Kazuo Ishiguro

I can’t decide if I love Kazuo Ishiguro or not. Never Let Me Go had me captivated through its final pages and thinking about it beyond that, but I couldn’t even get through The Buried Giant. I just finished The Remains of the Day and I’m feeling somewhere in between about it. Granted, I read…

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…

Fall Fiction Favorites, Part 2

Though it is about a month late, as promised, the second half of my Fall Fiction Favorites series has arrived. I always tell myself I’m going to post more regularly…and, as evidenced by the fact that it’s been nearly a month, I haven’t yet been successful. Here’s hoping that 2017 is actually the year of…

Summer Reads Series: Truly, Madly, Guilty

  Over the past three years, amidst the annual deluge of ‘beach reads’, Liane Moriarty has emerged as the reigning queen. While Moriarty has been publishing books since 2004, the witty Australian made headlines (or, at least, an impressive number of book recommendation columns within newspapers and magazines) with her 2013 novel The Husband’s Secret….

At Hampden College, A Different Kind of Greek Life

  I’ve made no secret of the fact that I did not share the public affection for Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch. Given the praise it received, though, I was determined to take a stab at some of her other work, in hope of discerning that it was the protagonist [quite possible] or…

Literary Missteps at ‘The Lake House’

  As a rule, I stay away contemporary novels with flowery and ‘Victorian’ prose. I find them stilted attempts at approximating authors who haven’t been current in centuries. However, my mother gave Kate Morton’s The Lake House such a ringing endorsement that I couldn’t resist checking it out—plus, she had already downloaded it on her…