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Book Reviews

book reviews, Book ReviewsBeing a writer means being a reader, so why not share some book reviews? 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 book reviews helps me engage critically with the work I’m reading and join fellow readers worldwide in conversation. I will post book reviews here but make sure to follow me on Goodreads and BookBub to see my most recent reads! I am also a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books. You’ll find those (more extensive) commentaries below, but you can check them all out on my NYJB page.

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 whose books 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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Cyclorama by Adam Langer · NYJB Review

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Cyclorama by Adam Langer This review was originally posted on the New York Journal of Books. Cyclorama is a stunning novel that weaves together past and present while reflecting on and questioning Anne Frank’s timeless assertion, “In spite of everything, I still believe…By Jeanne|
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Finding Freedom by Erin French

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Finding Freedom: A Cook's Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch by Erin French I listened to this audio book narrated by the author, Erin French, which was a treat in and of itself. Finding Freedom is a beautiful memoir with highs and lows and with a banquet of tastes and flavors…By jbadmin|
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Thank You, Mr. Nixon by Gish Jen

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Thank You, Mr. Nixon by Gish Jen Really enjoyed this collection of interconnected stories which span 50 years of Chinese / American relations. Characters show up in multiple stories at different stages in life. The writing is humorous, biting and concise and the stories raise interesting…By jbadmin|
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Vladimir by Julia May Jonas

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Vladimir by Julia May Jonas I enjoyed the protagonist's perspective so much. In Vladimir, a fifty-eight year old female English professor married to the former head of the department in a small college in upstate New York. Her husband has been relieved of his duties after 8 former…By jbadmin|
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I Came All This Way to Meet You by Jami Attenberg

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I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home by Jami Attenberg This an especially good read for a writer. It is an inspiring story of perseverance from an author I admire. The opportunity to glimpse into her life and professional ups and downs was a treat. I have participated…By jbadmin|
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Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen

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Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen Crossroads, the first book in the Key to All Mythologies trilogy, is everything I love about Franzen - a big, American, family story. The author commands the luxury of time going deep into the psyches of each member of the Hildebrandt family, all…By jbadmin|
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Weather by Jenny Offill

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Weather by Jenny Offill This was a fast read both in length but also because of the writing style. Narrated in the first person, Weather by Jenny Offill is a beautiful portrayal of the modern mind at work, flitting to and from between the personal, professional, familial, and…By jbadmin|
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Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lily King

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Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lily King Such a great story collection. The range of characters and situations was striking and highlights King's gift of insight and observance. It seams like many novelists are publishing story collections recently and so I actually wasn't anticipating…By jbadmin|
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The Dangers of an Ordinary Night by Lynne Reeves

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The Dangers of an Ordinary Night by Lynne Reeves Brava to Lynne Reeves for a who-done-it that delivered on so many fronts. Not only was I constantly second-guessing myself on the identity of the true culprit, I was ensconced in Boston's Back Bay, the world of the theatre, and high-stakes…By jbadmin|
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Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo

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Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo I listened to this title and believe the narration added to my enjoyment. Sankofa takes you in to the world of Anna Bain at the moment she discovers her father's diaries. The thing is, she has never met her father nor had her mother ever told her much…By jbadmin|
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The Teller of Secrets by Bisi Adjapon · NYJB Review

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The Teller of Secrets by Bisi Adjapon This review was originally posted on the New York Journal of Books. The Teller of Secrets by Bisi Adjapon is a coming of age, character-based novel that follows Esi’s first-person recounting of her girlhood in newly independent Ghana…By jbadmin|
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Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer If I hadn't already been feeling a deep pull back to the earth, this book was everything I needed to choose a different path moving forward. The author starts out this…By jbadmin|

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