The Rules Do Not Apply “Do you ever talk to yourself?” Ariel Levy asks on page one of her...Read More
Category: Jessica F’s Recs
A Gentleman in Moscow Did you love The Grand Budapest Hotel, with its quirky characters and old world charm? Do you like stories about small physical spaces made large by imagination and the resilient characters inhabiting them?...Read More
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours It’s true. What is not yours is not yours. No matter how much you want it, you can’t have it, if it isn’t yours. Helen Oyeyemi’s collection of short stories, What is Not Yours is Not...Read More
Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood, by Lisa Damour My grandmother liked things to be neat. When she saw my long hair in knots, she would bribe me to sit still so she could run a comb...Read More
Anthony Marra’s The Tsar of Love and Techno is my favorite book so far this year. If you like historical fiction with interlocking plot lines and poetic turns of phrase, this is the book for you. The Tsar of Love and Techno is...Read More
Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff Books about marriage always make me feel one of a few ways – grateful for the one I have, anxious about the one I don’t, and curious about what would have happened to me had I never married in the...Read More
One of my favorite poems by Emily Dickinson is about grief. It’s not the subject of grief that I particularly like, but the way she compares it to different things that steal from us without our consent. Grief is a mouse that...Read More
I was a faithful diary-keeper. I wrote in it every day and I thought some of my words were profound. But in my 30s, when my parents moved out of my childhood home and delivered my diaries back to me, I cringed as I turned the...Read More
Anyone who has ever had and tried to keep kept a best friend from early childhood knows that there are good days and bad. There’s the initial spark of attraction followed by days, decades and months of joyful connection and...Read More
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