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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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Recent Reads

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Leading Men by Christopher Castellani

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Leading Men by Christopher Castellani This book was ground breaking for me in many ways. The structure was brilliant, but more than that was the rendering of the relationships - so difficult to define with societal lexicon - which suffered because there was no acceptable construct.…By jbadmin|
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The Late Bloomers’ Club by Louise Miller

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The Late Bloomers' Club by Louise Miller A delightful novel about two headstrong sisters, a small-town's efforts to do right by their community, and the power of a lost dog to conjure up true love Nora, the owner of the Miss Guthrie diner, is perfectly happy serving up apple…By jbadmin|
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Limelight by Amy Poeppel

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Limelight by Amy Poeppel This was a funny and charming novel about one mother's successful transition to New York City and, more importantly, to seeing her eldest child off to college. Allison is an unexpectedly real character who redirects much of her mothering expertise toward…By jbadmin|
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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Started with beautiful language and unique natural setting but started to have problems with Kaya’s attitude with regard to wanting to fit in with people in town. I was expecting more given all the hype - it was a fine book.By jbadmin|
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The Parrot’s Perch by Karen Keilt

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The Parrot's Perch by Karen Keilt Karen Keilt’s story blew me away. An inspiring memoir of resiliency and recovery. Such an important revelation around how terrible political situations effect real people. I was shuddering.By jbadmin|
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Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel

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Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel I loved the interweave of story line, characters, and behind the scenes admissions drama in this highly entertaining book. Kate Pearson is an endearing heroine as she overcomes adversity (eventually) in those very difficult post college years. The…By jbadmin|
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Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

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Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver Unsheltered is Barbara Kingsolver at her finest a mixing scientific curiosities and historical facts with the emotional drama of a family. The interplay between modern day Willa and nineteenth-century Mary Treat and the ongoing concerns of…By jbadmin|
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Between You & Me by Mary Norris

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Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris You don’t have to be a writer or lover of The New Yorker to enjoy this incredibly accessible and entertaining dive into the life of a copy editor. Mary Norris had me laughing learning and loving her quirky humor…By jbadmin|
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Hard Cider by Barbara Stark Nemon

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Hard Cider by Barbara Stark Nemon September 2018 Hard Cider is a fabulous novel about starting a business, taking on challenges, and building a family. The real treat was spending time with protagonist Abbie Rose. Forced to reckon with potentially shattering news, she is human…By jbadmin|
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Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman

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Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman I loved this book. Maybe it was because I read it while traveling in Hong Kong and Asia, maybe because I am the author's age and also spent 1986 abroad, or maybe because my daughter is about to graduate from college and embark…By jbadmin|
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Cherry by Nico Walker

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Cherry by Nico Walker Such a sad first person narrative. Left me feeling so depressed about our youth, our military, and this awful opioid crisis.By jbadmin|
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The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

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The Wife by Meg Wolitzer Every sentenced packed. True wit. Amazing ending.By jbadmin|

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