Unreliable Narrators & Impostor Syndrome: A Sort-of Book Review

The Story of a New Name, the second book of the Neapolitan series, follows Elena and Lila into their twenties as they begin to face the consequences of the decisions they made–or that were made for them–as children. They continue to jockey for success by seeking power in education, neighborhood politics, and sex. Their primacy becomes muddled but… Read More Unreliable Narrators & Impostor Syndrome: A Sort-of Book Review

Book Review: My Brilliant Friend

Over the holiday break I finally cracked and decided to read Italian writer Elena Ferrante’s much-praised My Brilliant Friend. One of my biggest reading flaws is a well-founded but poorly applied aversion to hype, and I had been both concerned and confused by all the attention Ferrante’s Neapolitan series had been receiving. Her translated quartet of realistic novels about two… Read More Book Review: My Brilliant Friend

The Great 2016 Book Preview

Each year I wait with bated breath for The Millions‘ “Most Anticipated” book preview, published today and available here, but this year I’m also really digging Brooklyn Magazine’s 2016 book list, which has a great nonfiction/fiction and literary/commercial balance. I’ll be looking to this list for lots of inspiration this year. Check out it out here.

Start the Clock

Happy 2016, everyone! Hope you celebrated in style. Over here, we kept it cozy and tricked a friend into coming by to play strategy board games and admire our cats. Between sips of Prosecco and watching Kathy Griffin humiliate and straight up assault Anderson Cooper with self tanner on CNN, we also stopped to check in on my New Year, New You poll results. It was an exciting race, you guys, with two titles neck-and-neck for nearly the entire voting period, but one did eek ahead by a hair and so I’m pleased to announce that my first book of 2016 will be…… Read More Start the Clock