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…

Found in Translation: Katherine Pancol

    Given that I just woke up from a dream in which my blog domain name had expired and caused every post to vanish, I feel I am long overdue for a post—and today, I finally have something positive to report. I’ve mentioned my love for French authors in translation many a time (The…

Summer Reads Series, Pt. 1: Today Will Be Different

  After the emotional rollercoaster that was A Little Life, I felt a humorous palate cleanser was in perfect order. I was in Venice, California, and after numerous Google searches, a disheartening conversation with a salesgirl in Malibu that went something like, “bookstores? Umm, I don’t know, California doesn’t have that many. We have a…

My Thoughts on ‘A Little Life’

A Little Life has been on my list for almost two years now, when it was published to immediate acclaim. Having gotten 300 pages into The Goldfinch and abandoning it due to an inability to take even the remotest interest in the plotline, I was hesitant about this one. Also, as someone who both refuses…

Feb Fiction, Part II: The Girl Before

I prefaced the need for a good February evening thriller in Part One of my Feb Fiction post. I would’ve named it Feb Thrillers, but I’m a sucker for a good alliteration, so there you have it. I guess I could have called the series Feb Faves, but, as you may have gleaned from my…

Feb Fiction, Part I: All the Missing Girls

Image via Squarespace until I can find the book in my apartment and replace it with my own February—with its cold days, dark nights, and blustering winds—is not exactly a walk in the park. On a winter weekday evening, you’re not likely to head out for a happy hour with friends, let alone a workout…

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…