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Review: The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

I loved this book, set in 18th century England, about a lonely merchant who comes upon a mermaid that changes his life.  Gowar’s debut novel is one of those rare books you can’t possibly categorize – is it historical fiction, fantasy, romance, or just…

Review: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

This is a book that’s gotten a ton of praise, and has been described as Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day.  As a murder mystery, it’s great fun, playing on the great murder mystery tropes: a group of wealthy, bored socialites in a dark and…

Review: What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan

I really enjoyed Lucy Tan’s debut novel about a family living in modern-day Shanghai.  Wei, Lina and their teenage daughter Karen are a wealthy family  living in a luxurious “serviced” apartment, that have recently moved from America to Shanghai. The story is told from their…

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

I picked up this book from NetGalley because I loved Ritter in Jessica Jones.  I know that acting and writing are completely different, but I feel like she must have brought a lot of herself to the role, so I was curious about her…

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

I recommend this short but moving first novel by Rachel Khong about a woman caring for her father with Alzheimer’s.  This is a prospect I find absolutely terrifying, whether for my parents and for myself.  It seems to me that almost any physical ailment…

Girl at War by Sara Novic

Like The Unquiet Dead, it’s hard to adequately review a book about a really serious historical subject like the massacres in Croatia. But I’ll do my best. What I appreciated most about this book was its readability, and how real it felt. I imagine…

The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

This turned out to be a difficult book to review, because it was so amazing.  I think it won’t be for everyone, but it’s one of my favorite books of the year, easy. Thanks first to Giraffe Days and publisher Hogarth, New York for…

Tomorrow there will be Apricots by Jessica Soffer

I don’t remember what made me pick up this book.  For whatever reason, I requested a free copy on NetGalley and once I had one, I felt obligated to read it.  And I’m glad I did. If you don’t know this about me, I…

An Interview with Katie O’Rourke, author of Monsoon Season

I wanted to hear from Katie O’Rourke about how she came to write her first novel, Monsoon Season.  Her book is a really different, layered look at a young relationship, one that feels very emotionally “real”.  Below is a brief interview. How did you…

Review of Monsoon Season by Katie O’Rourke

Monsoon Season is O’Rourke’s first novel, and at times it feels that way.  But she’s also done something pretty impressive in this portrayal of a young relationship with some serious problems.  It’s a simple story, but thankfully this book is anything but simple. Monsoon…

Review of The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

There’s been a lot of hype around this book, considering it’s not even out until August 20.  I’ve heard Shannon referred to as “the next J.K. Rowling” and the book as “the next Hunger Games.”  I can’t say that either of those are even…

Review: The People of Forever are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu

I read this book for Giraffe Days’ Around the World Challenge.  For July, the challenge was to read a book set in Israel, a country I really should know more about, because my father grew up there.  He has a passion for Israel that’s…

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