Review | The NYRB Book Club April 2017 | Family Lexicon by Natalia Ginzburg and translated by Jenny McPhee


One of the bookish subscription boxes I’ll be reviewing this year doesn’t actually involve a box, so I guess it’s just a bookish subscription. I’m talking about the New York Review Books Book Club. The deal I signed up for included 12 books (one each month, you know) as well as a yearly subscription to The […]

Review Deep Vellum | May | The Outlaw by Jon Gnarr & Not One Day by Anne Garreta


Deep Vellum is a non-profit publisher that primarily publishes works of translation. I purchased a ten-book subscription, e-book and paperback bundle. My total was $103, so they come out to about $10 for each book and I get both the e-book and paperback. They mail two books every two months. You can read my previous […]

Review | April Blue Spider’s Attic Book Subscription Box


The curator describes Blue Spider’s Attic as, “The magic of a used book store, delivered.” Except it’s actually even better because also, coffee! There are two different boxes available. First is The Attic Box by Blue Spider Press, which includes three second-hand books, a small package of coffee or tea, and several bookish items. This […]

Review Deep Vellum | April | The Magician of Vienna by Sergio Pitol and translated by George Henson


Deep Vellum is a non-profit publisher that primarily publishes works of translation. I purchased a ten-book subscription, e-book and paperback bundle. My total was $103, so they come out to about $10 for each book and I get both the e-book and paperback. They mail two books every two months. I reviewed two Deep Vellum books […]

Review | The Paris Review 220 | Spring 2017


As I noted in a previous post, when I subscribed to the NYRB Book Club it came with a free subscription to The Paris Review. Though I’ve read stories from this rag in the past, I’ve never sat down and read an entire issue from soup to nuts. I was pleasantly surprised by the content. You can read […]

Review | Quarterly Literary Box | The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker


The Quarterly Literary Box is described thusly on their website: Receive three books a quarter, including a brand new release annotated by the author with hand-written notes, two more curated titles and delightful bookish goods—all delivered to your doorstep. Obviously I’m down with the idea of this box but I gotta start out by taking […]

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy


I think there’s a very specific audience for Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America and unfortunately I’m not in that audience. The purpose of the book is to detail – and I do mean detail – a murder that takes place in Los Angeles. It was described to me as a “fast-paced narrative of […]

Book Review | In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker


Damn, I super loved In a Different Key: The Story of Autism. A publisher sent it to me and I was expecting some good information but non-fiction can be a little rough for me. When it showed up at 500+ pages I assumed I was in for somewhat of a snoozefest but I didn’t snooze […]

Book Review | Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness by Sasha Martin


Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness by Sasha Martin. I had really low expectations for this book, which I thought was a food memoir but was so much more than that. On the surface, it’s the story of a woman who decides to cook a meal from every country in the world, […]

Book Review | An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie


I feel pretty confident that anyone who’s capable of experiencing joy would love An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie. As the title implies, it is the story of an African man who travels to Greenland. Until his travels begin, he lives a pretty sheltered life within an African village where the men have numerous wives […]