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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!

Recent Reads

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The Book of V by Anna Solomon

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The Book of V by Anna Solomon I loved this book's ambition. Any modern retelling of a biblical character has me hooked as well. The braiding of the three point-of-view characters' stories in The Book of V was masterful and the reveal about two-thirds of the way through around…By jbadmin|
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Jacobo’s Rainbow by David Hirshberg

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Jacobo's Rainbow by David Hirshberg May 2021 Although 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 Wolitzer So 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 Cline Daddy 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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The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

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The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom What I loved most about this memoir was Sarah's voice, and her honest, unsure assemblage of memory, research, and interview that combines to paint a history of a house, a family, and a city. I loved being privy to Sarah's confusion and frustration…By jbadmin|
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A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost

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A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost I became a fan of Colin Jost after he delivered the commencement speech at my daughter's high school graduation - more of a stand up comedy routine than a speech, but he did end up delivering a great message in the end. So I pre-ordered his book…By jbadmin|
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The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

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The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante Wow, The Days of Abandonment was well written with important things to say, but still pretty tough for me to read. As Olga navigates the dark days and weeks after her husband’s departure, the reader cringes and worries for the helpless…By jbadmin|
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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett I was aware of the general premise of The Vanishing Half before I began it, however the structure was unexpected and delightful. I really loved the multi generational component of this novel, the idea that decisions travel forward and backwards,…By jbadmin|
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Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel

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Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel Amy Poeppel is my go to author for funny fresh read. Musical Chairs didn't disappoint in its laugh-out-loud smartness, its keen observation of family relationships - especially parenting adult children. Love all the musical references and boy did this…By jbadmin|
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We Came Here to Shine by Susie Orman Schnall

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We Came Here to Shine by Susie Orman Schnall Love this novel's well researched setting. The World's Fair, New York, burgeoning science and synchronized swimming. Max and Vivi are great characters, bold and ambitious. The book highlights the importance of female friendship in a…By jbadmin|

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