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Montclair Filament

I started reading Elisabeth Egan’s A Window Opens shortly before I left for Yangzhou, but for some reason, moving to China and immediately losing my suitcase put me slightly behind on my reading and blogging.  I mean, I could have just … Continue reading

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“If You’re Not The One”

In If You’re Not The One by Jemma Forte, Jen Wright is in an underwhelming marriage, with two small and needy children. She’s wishing for a little more passion and excitement when she’s hit by a car, and while in … Continue reading

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Gregory Sherl’s ‘The Future for Curious People’

The Future For Curious People shines a spotlight on the worst kind of breakup. While it’s easy to break up with a horrible partner, cutting ties with a perfectly nice but not-quite-right partner is much worse. The Future For Curious People … Continue reading

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Happy All The Time

Happy All The Time by Laurie Colvin tells the story of Guido and Vincent, third cousins and best friends, and of Holly and Misty, the two women they eventually meet and marry. Character-driven stories are great, even better if the … Continue reading

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The Fiction Vendetta

Let’s get it out of the way at the beginning: Yeah, I read that Slate piece this summer, shaming the uncultured, lowbrow adult readers of YA fiction, and my response is the kind of intense eyeroll I haven’t given since … Continue reading

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The Summer Queen

Elizabeth Chadwick’s The Summer Queen tells the story of young Alienor (who will be called Eleanor from now on, because my spellcheck prefers it), from her childhood with her sister Petronella in Aquitaine, through her marriage to Louis of France, … Continue reading

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‘Rich Kids of Instagram’: Satyricon and the City

Rich Kids of Instagram is a Tumblr of, well, rich kids posing with their expensive stuff. Whether it’s yachts, sports cars, resorts or dropping $10,000 on cosmetics, the Tumblr recalls late-Roman excesses. It’s hard to tear my eyes away, and … Continue reading

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Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves

Here is the tragic thing about my love for China: I really hate Chinese food. Especially the stuff you get in a fancy Chinese restaurant, the steamed fish or abalone or boney-chicken-bits. Too many chewy textures, too many things flavored … Continue reading

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Small Blessings

Small Blessings, by Martha Woodroof, is about a small college town where everyone cares about each other just a little more than usual. Professor Tom Putnam is planning to live out his life quietly teaching English and quietly caring for … Continue reading

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Raina Telgemeier’s ‘Sisters’

I know I’m supposed to say that I’m familiar with Raina Telgemeier’s work because she’s won basically every award for YA fiction and/or comics ever, but actually I stumbled across her amazing graphic novel versions of The Baby-Sitters Club. Claudia … Continue reading

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