Big thanks to everyone who suggested titles for my month of feminist reading. I’m going to start off with Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks, which, despite its cheesy cover art and title (stylized EVERYBODY to punctuate the woo! people of the jacket), is supposed to be an excellent introduction to feminism with a focus on the… Read More Books on Deck: My Feminist Month
What, no rambling preface? Not today! Today all you need to know is that this book is fantastic. It’s insightful and funny and socially perceptive in a way that Jane Austen would be if Jane Austen had to grapple with race and identity in addition to class. I was inspired to read Americanah after watching Adichie’s TED talk… Read More Sixty Second Book Review: Americanah
A little required viewing in advance of my Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie doubleheader: this charming and insightful TED talk by the author about the need for variety in reading and storytelling. I discovered this talk while fact-checking a quote at work and was intrigued to learn that its ambassador citation–“stories matter”–was a vague, albeit agreeable, misrepresentation… Read More The Danger of a Single Story
Well, folks, it took me twice as long as I expected but I did it; I finished this 500-page history of the Salem witch trials–a topic it turns out I knew pretty much nothing about. Apparently multiple viewings of Hocus Pocus does not a historian make, so I blame myself for taking so long and for ultimately failing to… Read More Book Review: The Witches by Stacy Schiff
Really feeling this interview with the Amanda Nelson, managing editor of Book Riot, about book blogging and the roots of snobbery in publishing, from 0s&1s. Meanwhile, Electric Lit published this summary of Lee & Low’s publishing diversity survey results. Their methods are reported here.
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
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
Hello from the other side! I hope you’ll forgive me for getting this review out a little late. I read the book quickly, in two very agitated sittings, but it took me the rest of the week to put it into practice. It was a real struggle not to get up and start tidying after the first 20… Read More Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
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.
While I read, check out this fun, insidery piece (via Lithub) by Sarah Knight, author of our runner-up The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, about life in and out of publishing. Breaking off the manacles of corporate life may not be such a new narrative, but it’s rarely told within the context of an industry as coveted… Read More On (Kind of) Quitting Publishing