Book Report: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I remember reading this in college and not liking it. This time around, I savored thhe delicious language and diction and descriptions. It’s like a beautiful but ominous watercolor. Offred’s world is so full of longing and loneliness that everything -because it’s unavailable to her- becomes a vivid romanticized version in her mind. Synopsis: FacedContinue reading “Book Report: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood”

Book Report: IT

Synopsis: IT weaves across parallel stories – one in 1958 that follows and one in 1985 (even the last numbers of the years mirror each other). In 1958, 7 misfit tweens form an unbreakable (and necessary for childhood survival) bond over their common encounters with a strange shape-shifting monster and their isolating social identifiers: BillContinue reading “Book Report: IT”

Favorite Places – πŸ“– The Strand Book Store πŸ“š

Even before I lived in NYC, The Strand was a mandatory stop on every trip. Now I’m lucky enough to live and work close enough to make this place and its 18 miles of books a regular hangout. When work is slow, I like to walk the single avenue that separates us and spend anContinue reading “Favorite Places – πŸ“– The Strand Book Store πŸ“š”

Book Report: Whiskey Sea

Synopsis: The Whiskey Sea is the prohibition-era story of Frieda Hope, the eldest daughter of a deceased whore who lives in a small shore town with her little sister, Bea, and Silver, a clammer/fisherman who took the girls in and raised them. Frieda grows up on the sea and falls in love with the oceanContinue reading “Book Report: Whiskey Sea”

Book Report: Bossypants by Tina Fey

Memoir is an incredibly difficult genre to write well. It requires a certain level of narcissism mixed with transcendent wisdom that must be shared with the world. Because Tina Fey lacks both of these qualities, Bossypants is a hilarious, relatable look into the unlikely success of one of the funniest women on the planet. TheContinue reading “Book Report: Bossypants by Tina Fey”

Book Report: Fire and Fury

I’ll be honest. There were only two factors that drove me to purchase this book. 1) The hype surrounding what was seemingly a damning, spare-no-soul expose on the Trump administration. 2) Trump tried to stop the book’s release, so buying it felt like a small, personal protest. It was sold out all over the city.Continue reading “Book Report: Fire and Fury”