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Readerly Top Picks Paperbacks – May 2016

Readerly Top Picks Paperbacks – May 2016

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Stewart’s novel tells the story of the Kopp Sisters and the one moment that changes the course of their lives. A collision between the sister’s wagon and a dangerous silk factory owner’s automobile sets in motion […]

In Character: Emma Straub’s <b><i>Modern Lovers</b></i>

In Character: Emma Straub’s Modern Lovers

She loved bodies and beauty, but just because she thought Brad Pitt had a lovely face, that didn’t mean she wanted to sit on it. —Modern Lovers, Emma Straub

The Season of the Bride: 6 Books to Read When You’re Up To Your Neck In Weddings

The Season of the Bride: 6 Books to Read When You’re Up To Your Neck In Weddings

With spring comes the official start of wedding season; I’m writing this as I wait for a flight home from my first of six (yes, six!) weddings in as many months. With more engagement parties, showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and receptions coming up […]

Playlist: Inherent Vice by Thomas  Pynchon

Playlist: Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

Here we feature an imagined music playlist inspired by a character from a work of fiction. Each month, a different work will be chosen based on topicality, commemorative celebration or whim, and will serve as the inspiration for our sonic excursion. This month, I’ve decided […]

Playlist: Open City by Teju Cole

Playlist: Open City by Teju Cole

Here we feature an imagined music playlist inspired by a character from a work of fiction. Each month, a different work will be chosen based on topicality, commemorative celebration or whim, and will serve as the inspiration for our sonic excursion. This month, I’m featuring […]

Readerly Top Picks Paperbacks – April 2016

Readerly Top Picks Paperbacks – April 2016

French Coast by Anita Hughes (St. Martin’s Griffin) French Coast is yet another charming romance from Anita Hughes. It features the Cannes Film Festival, Vogue, fabulous designer clothes and, of course, love. Hughes, as always, does a masterful job of weaving a story that grabs […]

Dead Wake by Erik Larsen

Dead Wake by Erik Larsen

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (Broadway Books) One of the most shocking events that turned American sentiments regarding what would be later be called World War I was the sinking of the British passenger ship Lusitania on May 7, 1915, by […]

Books in The Wild – March 16, 2016

Books in The Wild – March 16, 2016

If you’re anything like us, you perk up a little when you see someone reading in public. We do a double take, and sometimes we even backtrack to see what book has caught someone else’s attention. There’s nothing like the  satisfaction of seeing  another reader’s […]

Room Is Now Available For The Small Screen And Its Not To Be Missed

Room Is Now Available For The Small Screen And Its Not To Be Missed

When it was announced that Emma Donoghue’s best-selling 2010 novel Room would be adapted into a film by A24 Films and DirecTV, many literature lovers were skeptical about how it would work out. How could such a powerful story — based on an even more […]

Books in the Wild—March 9, 2016

Books in the Wild—March 9, 2016

If you’re anything like us, you perk up a little when you see someone reading in public. We do a double take, and sometimes we even backtrack to see what book has caught someone else’s attention. There’s nothing like the  satisfaction of seeing  another reader’s […]

6 Great Books You Should Start Reading Now

6 Great Books You Should Start Reading Now

Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan (Knopf) Green Island is a moving, multi-generational novel encompassing several deeply absorbing narratives. Whether illumining the little-known history of the 2/28 massacre, or Taiwan’s fight for independence and autonomy from Japan and China, Ryan deftly reveals the devastation and paranoia that ran […]

Playlist: Beside Myself by Ann Morgan

Playlist: Beside Myself by Ann Morgan

Here we feature an imagined music playlist inspired by a character from a work of fiction. Each month, a different work will be chosen based on topicality, commemorative celebration or whim, and will serve as the inspiration for our sonic excursion. I’ve decided to observe […]

Readerly Top Picks In Paperback – March 2016

Readerly Top Picks In Paperback – March 2016

The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Andrew Ferguson (Little, Brown & Company) The nature of friendship and love is often complicated but Ferguson ups the ante of close friends, Henry, Val and Gabe’s sorrow filled love triangle with the appearance of two of Henry’s future incarnations. By […]

All About Jane: Taking Inspiration From <b><i>Jane Eyre</b></i>

All About Jane: Taking Inspiration From Jane Eyre

I somehow made it through all of  my years of high school and college (with a minor in English, no less) without ever being assigned a single Bronte novel. Much to my chagrin, for when I finally picked up Jane Eyre at the age of […]

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue (Back Bay Books) Set in 1870s San Francisco, a French burlesque dancer and courtesan struggles to stay alive after the murder of her unorthodox friend.  The dark world of dandies, pimps, and prostitutes is made vibrant and real by Donoghue’s […]

#FridayReads: Nonfiction Books To Start This Weekend

#FridayReads: Nonfiction Books To Start This Weekend

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed (W.W. Norton and Company) The relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings is perhaps the single most scandalous relationship in American history. For an imbalance of power, it beats even Clinton/Lewinsky by a […]

Playlist: The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead

Playlist: The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead

Here we feature an imagined music playlist inspired by a character from a work of fiction. Each month, a different work will be chosen based on topicality, commemorative celebration or whim, and will serve as the inspiration for our sonic excursion. This month, I’ve decided […]

Books In The Wild—February 5, 2016

Books In The Wild—February 5, 2016

If you’re anything like us, you perk up a little when you see someone reading in public. We do a double take, and sometimes we even backtrack to see what book has caught someone else’s attention. There’s nothing like the  satisfaction of seeing  another reader’s […]

Readerly Top Picks In Paperbacks – February 2016

Readerly Top Picks In Paperbacks – February 2016

Many of wonderful titles we’ve loved and recommended are now out in paperback. Enjoy! Frog Music by Emma Donoghue (Back Bay Books) Set in 1870s San Francisco, a French burlesque dancer and courtesan struggles to stay alive after the murder of her unorthodox friend.  The dark world […]

The Real Life Inspiration Behind <i>The Good Liar</i>‘s Octogenarian Schemer

The Real Life Inspiration Behind The Good Liar‘s Octogenarian Schemer

What lies behind The Good Liar? The answer I’m tempted to give is highly unsatisfactory: everything, and nothing. I need to navigate somewhere between those two extremes. To deal with the “everything” first of all. On one level, The Good Liar is a summation of […]