Book review of “My Dark Vanessa”: Nabokov’s “Lolita” re-imagined
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Book review of “My Dark Vanessa”: Nabokov’s “Lolita” re-imagined


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. My Dark Vanessa feels very much like a modern take on Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. But with a twist. Kate Elizabeth Russell writes this harrowing tale of manipulation, grooming, and assault from the … Continue reading

A review of “My Friend Anna”: the seduction of money
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A review of “My Friend Anna”: the seduction of money


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. My Friend Anna has been one of the most unsettling memoirs that I have read recently. It made me think not only about friendships and close personal relationships, but also how money … Continue reading

“Pride & Prejudice & Passports”: a review of Corrie Garrett’s immigrant retelling of Jane Austen’s classic
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“Pride & Prejudice & Passports”: a review of Corrie Garrett’s immigrant retelling of Jane Austen’s classic


I’ve read some modern re-tellings of classics that have just fallen flat. Sometimes classics are named classics because they are indeed just that: stories that transcend time. They shape our culture and understanding of the past. They also help us shape our future and in particular the way authors and readers write and engage with … Continue reading

The Best and Worst of Celebrity Memoirs
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The Best and Worst of Celebrity Memoirs


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. In the last decade, there has been an explosion of celebrities writing memoirs and autobiographies. Within this celebrity genre, comedians and comedic actors and actresses are some of the most published. This … Continue reading

Review: J.D. Horn’s “The Final Days of Magic”
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Review: J.D. Horn’s “The Final Days of Magic”


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. The Final Days of Magic is the third book in J.D. Horn’s series “Witches of New Orleans”. It mixes Western Christian notions of witchcraft with a Voodoo/Creole that feels very specific to … Continue reading

“The Crofter and the Laird”: an insight to Scottish Island life
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“The Crofter and the Laird”: an insight to Scottish Island life


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. The Crofter and the Laird is a different kind of travel memoir. John McPhee travels to the Scottish island of Colonsay with his family to get closer to his own family’s Scottish … Continue reading

“The Little Friend” by Donna Tartt: storyteller of a generation
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“The Little Friend” by Donna Tartt: storyteller of a generation


I first found Donna Tartt’s writing through her 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Goldfinch. I was completely blown away by her storytelling and character building that I went out and purchased her other two novels The Little Friend and The Secret History. I have not been let down by her writing and feel myself … Continue reading

“The Boys Who Woke Up Early”: a reminder of America’s complicated past and present
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“The Boys Who Woke Up Early”: a reminder of America’s complicated past and present


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. When I read books, sometimes I know exactly what I want to highlight in my review and other times, ideas and themes from the novel need time to grow and develop in … Continue reading

Escapism in Ottessa Moshfegh’s “My Year of Rest and Relaxation”
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Escapism in Ottessa Moshfegh’s “My Year of Rest and Relaxation”


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. “Who hasn’t—sometime—wanted to escape? But from what? To where? And once we have arrived at the good place, is this the end of the desire to move? Or does it stir again, … Continue reading