The Goldfinch
I am floored by the ambition of this book. I went into in knowing nothing about it, I even read it on a Kindle so I had no back cover text. My friend ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 08, 2014
Hey Emily Gould, you stole my entire Sunday. I was having one of those unambitious days, not knowing what should I do. I went for a run. I ran too far ...more
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Oct 07, 2014
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Haruki Murakami writes a new novel, it seems like I can't help myself. I go out and buy it and I feel happy. I was hoping for limited edition stickers ...more
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Aug 21, 2014
It's a sinister place, this dystopian future Ean Lepucki imagined. I wouldn't want to live there. I got lost in this book for a week though -- and I l ...more
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Jun 05, 2014
The Wonder Bread Summer: A Novel
Funny -- and for a book that centers around a big bag full of cocaine -- surprisingly sweet. Loved reading this.
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May 29, 2013
Let the Great World Spin
I was blown away by the first section: the story of Corrigan, his childhood in Ireland, going to the Bronx, the prostitutes who used his bathroom, all ...more
Dec 24, 2012
Dec 15, 2012
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
I loved this book. Tears in my eyes at the end. I'd read all of these reviews about how funny and fast and all of these good things this book was, but ...more
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Aug 16, 2012
Astonish Me
You find out on page two that Joan is pregnant and the drama doesn't really stop from there. This book jumps everywhere, jumps in POV, Maggie Shipstea ...more
Jan 04, 2015
Apr 10, 2014
Life Drawing
Robin Black is the kind of writer where I often want to stop after a sentence, just to reread it. I feel like the author knows things about life and t ...more
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Aug 08, 2013
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
I loved this book. I benefited from not reading even the back cover, knowing nothing about it. I had never read anything by Shirley Jackson before exc ...more
Feb 04, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
City of Thieves
I bought this as a birthday present for Jurgen and then read it first. This happens sometimes. I had never heard of this novel, which appears to be a ...more
Nov 08, 2012
Oct 28, 2012
This Must Be the Place
This book was leant to me. I read it and it was easy to read but the wheels of the plot turning were a bit painful. I felt it all coming on -- and the ...more
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Mar 04, 2013
Fame Shark
I love this line: "It seemed that being a prerequisite for being a celebrity was being an asshole." So many great sentences and wry observations.

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Sep 07, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
Just Kids
I loved this book. A lot of people, I think, did. Patti Smith can really write. And really live. I loved that little story, when Allen Ginsberg paid t ...more
Aug 14, 2012
Jul 30, 2012
Here is the thing about beach reads. I took this book to the beach with me, but I never even packed it in my beach bag, because I went to the beach wi ...more
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Jun 14, 2012
The Sisters Brothers
I love this book. I ruined the ending, reading it during Nina's nap, and having her wake up and cry while I tried to read the last few pages. The book ...more
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel: A Graphic Novel
This is such a brave honest and funny book. My own story is not Lena Finkle's -- or Anya Ulinich's -- but as a writer, recently divorced, mother of a ...more
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Sep 25, 2014
I have mixed feelings about this fine book. At times, it felt unduly long. We are told from page on that the parents are going to rob a bank, an know ...more
Sep 19, 2012
Jun 14, 2012
You Deserve Nothing
This book was a page turner. I didn't want to stop turning the pages, I didn't want to get off the bus when I was in the middle of the scene. I though ...more
Sep 25, 2012
Sep 21, 2012
It Chooses You
This book pleased me very much.

Now I want to watch Miranda July's films which for reasons not quite clear to me -- envy perhaps -- I have avoided.
Feb 11, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
Oh, I loved this book. I did. Read it like candy, even though I live in a different world of food than Gabrielle Hamilton. And I loved her story and t ...more
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Jan 12, 2012
The Mermaid of Brooklyn
i have liked Amy Shearn for so long, just from FB and twitter and Instagram, pictures of her kids, posts about her kids, articles and lists published ...more
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Feb 11, 2013
Patron Saint of Liars
Sometimes I loved this book and sometimes I didn't. I found it slow to get into and could put it down for a day at a time and forget to keep reading, ...more
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Mar 30, 2013
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
I was surprised by how much I loved reading these letters. I actively didn't read them when they were on the Rumpus. Anyway, I read them and loved the ...more
Feb 20, 2013
Jan 24, 2013
The Fault in Our Stars
Thought this book was wonderful. Started crying somewhere in the middle, and then had no tears when the book ended. As a writer, I wondered how in the ...more
Oct 14, 2012
Oct 12, 2012
Alys, Always
I will be stunned if this isn't made into a movie. It seems like that will have to happen. I read reviews after finishing this novel and was surprised ...more
Jul 29, 2012
Jul 29, 2012
The Almond Tree
I am proud to have worked with Michelle as her editor on The Almond Tree. I am not surprised by the enormous success her novel has received since publ ...more
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Jan 11, 2013
What Has Become of You
I found this novel hard to get into, but I did not put it down. Catcher in the Rye. Serial killers. A sad forty year old English teacher who goes to b ...more
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Jun 25, 2014
I Couldn't Love You More
My goodness what a melodrama. In the big moment of tragedy, I couldn't read the pages, they were too awful and I had to skim through them because I co ...more
Jun 28, 2014
Jun 19, 2012
May We Be Forgiven
The opening chapters of this book blew me away. I could not believe what happened. Wham and then bam and the crispness of the prose. I have loved A.M. ...more
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Sep 02, 2012
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