Book Review | Wind/Pinball: Two Novels by Haruki Murakami


First of all, y’all should know that I’m a sucker for first novels. Like, serious hard-on for them. And that’s very relevant with Wind/Pinball: Two Novels by Haruki Murakami. These are indeed his first two novels and, as is true of most first novels of eventual masters, they are deeply flawed. They’re also so delicious and […]

Book Review | Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys


Between Shades of Gray came to me in a box from LitKit, which, SO SADLY, is now defunct. When I first saw the book I thought, “Uhh…what are they doing to me?” which is a terrible thing because this book was published before that other book that has “shades” and “gray” in the title. I […]

Book Review | Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott


Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott “Trying to reason with an addict is like trying to blow out a light bulb.” I’ve been reading a lot of fiction about addiction this year and Imperfect Birds succeeds in that way, and in others. It’s actually the best Anne Lamott book I’ve ever read but I very famously find her […]

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 | Junky by William S. Burroughs


Junky by William S. Burroughs. I’d never read anything before by famously drug-addicted Burroughs but from what I know about him via pop culture, I think this was likely pretty par for the course. As the name implies, it’s about a junky – and an unapologetic one at that. The junky in question goes through life […]

Book Review | We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley


I’m not generally a huge fan of “psychological thrillers” because, in my experience, the twists and turns tend to be pretty obvious from pretty far off. That was not the case with We Could Be Beautiful. Sure, it was pretty clear pretty early that the fiance of Catherine West, the rich, spoiled protagonist, had something seriously […]

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 […]

Book Review | Their Eyes Were Watching God by Nora Zeale Hurston


I’ve read a lot of books I really loved this year but I don’t know that I’ve read anything that’s blown me away quite the way Their Eyes Were Watching God did. I know I’m more than a little late to the party but I’m glad I showed up, tardy or not, because this book is […]

Book Review | Candy by Mian Mian


Are you interested in what life is like for younger folks in relatively-contemporary Shanghai? Do you like reading confusing novels that follow around a group of drug addicts and alcoholics? Do you like never having any idea who is narrating or what the time frame is or basically any idea what the fuck is going […]