The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert: Read This If

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert: Read This If

I admit this freely: sometimes I look back on the time in my life when I devoured Eat, Pray, Love with a cozy, amber-tinged nostalgia. A particularly touchy feely, kum ba yah (in a very sweet, good way) friend gave it to me with flushed READ THIS IMMEDIATELY instructions, and I did. I was insanely […]

My Education by Susan Choi: Read This If

My Education by Susan Choi: Read This If

My Education by Susan Choi was my favorite read this summer, and possibly one of my favorites for the year so far… …And I started writing this in AUGUST so it was still going to be summer when I posted this, but now it’s nearly WINTER (WHAT? WHAT?) and I thus prove my bum-ness in […]

Appointment In Samarra by John O’Hara: Read This If

Appointment In Samarra by John O’Hara: Read This If

In a break from form, I’m going to introduce this novel (one that I can’t believe I’d never heard of let alone read) with the description on the inside cover: In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, PA, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. At the center of the social elite stand […]

Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli: Read This If

Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli: Read This If

Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli is a beautifully crafted  novel that I’m surprised I haven’t heard much about. At all. It’s compared to The Help on its paperback cover, but it’s really nothing like The Help, except that it takes place in the South and deals with issues of race and class. That’s where the similarities […]

The Burning Air by Erin Kelly: Read This If

The Burning Air by Erin Kelly: Read This If

Hello, dear readers, it’s been some weeks since my last post. I finished The Burning Air by Erin Kelly some weeks ago, and just haven’t been able to disseminate my thoughts on the novel adequately. The novel certainly builds suspense with a slow, steadily growing heat. It grows on the reader in the same way – what seems like […]