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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!

Disclosure: This blog may contain affiliate links, meaning if you decide to make a purchase through one of these links, I may make a small commission (at no additional cost to you), which I will donate to literary organizations in Boston. Thanks!

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Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father by Alysia Abbott

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Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father by Alysia AbbottI loved this memoir. This was an illuminating Father / Daughter story, unique in its setting, and the fact that Alysia was raised by her single, gay father in San Francisco in the '70's and '80's. Maybe it's my current orientation,…By jbadmin|
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These Women by Ivy Pochoda

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In THESE WOMEN, Ivy Pochoda paints a gritty portrait of South Central LA. A serial killer is on the loose but 'these women' aren't heard, aren't listened to, are dismissed as not mattering. I loved this novel for its voices. Pochoda is a master at elevating what is base and primal,…By jbadmin|
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Devotion: A Memoir by Dani Shapiro

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Devotion: A Memoir by Dani ShapiroThis is a very honest and poignant memoir about Dani Shapiro’s search for a spiritual anchor. It combines so many facets of life, however, weaving a tapestry of experience and rumination that I found extremely relatable. I devoured this book…By jbadmin|
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Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

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Trust Exercise by Susan ChoiWow. This was really an interesting book. It is intellectually rigorous as well as original, thoughtful, observant and timely. The points of view (3 I believe) tell stories that overlap, repeat and advance and retreat in time. The story of Sarah and…By jbadmin|
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The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg

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The Middlesteins by Jami AttenbergThis was a great look into a troubled family, told from the point of view of multiple characters and across a broad spectrum of time. I was drawn to reading it as it was Attenberg's break-out novel and I just recently discovered her work when…By jbadmin|

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Books I’ve Blurbed

, 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