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, Book ReviewsBeing a writer means being a reader. I have always enjoyed getting lost in fictional worlds and delight in beautiful and evocative language. It is this love of novels that has prodded me to write. As I began my writing journey, I remember asking myself, “Can I really do this?” Like all artists, I am inspired to emulate art I admire. And so I read—all the time. This is a page where you can keep track of what I’m reading for pleasure as well as for inspiration / research for my next novel. 

As I realized my dream of becoming a novelist, I began to appreciate even more how important it is to spread the word about great books. Writing reviews helps me engage critically with the work I’m reading and join fellow readers worldwide in conversation. I will post reviews here but make sure to follow me on Goodreads and BookBub to see my recent reviews! If you’d like to learn more about how my reading is influencing my current writing process, or delve deeper into the inspirations behind my first two novels, Eden and The Nine, just click on Writing Inspiration to the right. I am also excited to share the works of fellow authors I’ve been asked to blurb in the far right column.

Want to chat about a book I’ve reviewed? Have a recommendation for me? Drop me a line to start the conversation!

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Jacobo’s Rainbow by David Hirshberg

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Jacobo's Rainbow by David HirshbergMay 2021Although set in the nineteen sixties, David Hirshberg’s Jacobo’s Rainbow is infused with prescient relevance today. This hero’s journey shines a light on activism and protest on a college campus as well as the idea of patriotism…By jbadmin|
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Cassandra Speaks by Elizabeth Lesser

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Cassandra Speaks is Lesser's musing on how it might be different if women told our civilization's earliest stories, how it might be different if our society valued attributes found predominantly in women as opposed to those found predominantly in men. Layers and layers of patriarchy…By jbadmin|
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The Ten-Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer

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The Ten-Year Nap by Meg WolitzerSo I'm late to the party on this one but The Ten-Year Nap belongs on the shelf of important feminist novels, addressing issues around motherhood and women spend their time. I am a big fan of Meg Wolitzer and picked this one up after really enjoying…By jbadmin|
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Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

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Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi** spoiler alert **I picked up this book because I loved Gyasi's debut, Homegoing. I kept reading because TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM is a treasure. The protagonist, Gifty, reconciles an evangelical christian upbringing with a career as a scientist.…By jbadmin|
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Daddy by Emma Cline

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Daddy by Emma ClineDaddy is a wonderful collection of stories that struck a chord with me for its insights into dark situations. The sense of knowing and revelatory observation kept me reading these sometimes everyday, sometimes twisted stories. Was excited to read because I was…By jbadmin|

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Books I’ve Blurbed

, Book ReviewsAlthough set in the nineteen sixties, David Hirshberg’s Jacobo’s Rainbow is infused with prescient relevance today… Read More

, Book ReviewsElise Schiller’s Watermark is a poignant novel that gripped me from beginning to end. Masterfully structured and told… Read More

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In her literary debut, Deborah Goodrich Royce has given us the sort of thriller that wants to be devoured in one sitting. Written from… Read More

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Hard Cider is a fabulous novel about starting a business, taking on challenges, and building a family. The real treat was… Read More

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Reading My Mother’s Son is like opening up a time capsule and sifting among the treasures. 1952 Boston comes alive as… Read More