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Educated by Tara Westover

Educated by Tara Westover Wow, Tara Westover overcame incredible odds. Just ended feeling a little wary that this memoir was written to get back at her family. Would love if more time had passed and the author was beyond the conflict. But an inspirational story of resilience nonetheless.

My Mother’s Son by David Hirshberg

My Mother’s Son by David Hirshberg May 2018 Reading My Mother’s Son is like opening up a time capsule and sifting among the treasures. 1952 Boston comes alive as David Hirschberg weaves the artifacts of that year into the fabric of his poignant narrative. This provocative novel is the colorful description of life as seen […]

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

You will laugh out loud at the references to turning fifty – since I’ve already hit that milestone. If you haven’t yet turned fifty, this book might terrify you. I was skeptical at first, but it’s a great narrative structure. I will miss Arthur Less.

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

I love Wolitzer’s observations, the way she describes people, relationships, and the stages of a life. I loved a book ostensibly about feminism where a young man portrays the truest feminist values. I was happy to stay with these characters for a long time and could have stayed longer!

Strangers in Budapest by Jessica Keener

Having been an ex pat in Zurich for three years, I truly appreciated Keener’s capturing of the psyche of the stranger. Living in a city both as a tourist and a resident is filled with contradictions – you can’t help being drawn to a city’s history and struggle to reconcile its brutal past. There is […]

Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda

The hot, dry setting is palpable. I loved Wonder Valley from the opening scene where the traffic is driving everyone crazy. It brings back memories of the opening scene of LaLaLand – maybe the defining setting of modern day California – stuck in traffic… and what “being stuck” drives people to do…. Each of Pochoda’s […]