Category Archives: Fiction

MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON by Elizabeth Strout

In Washington, DC for a conference this week, I of course made a pilgrimage to one of my favorite spots on the planet, Kramerbooks, where they display most of the books with the covers facing up or out. There’s nothing … Continue reading

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ELIGIBLE by Curtis Sittenfeld

I held off on reading ELIGIBLE for a few years because I adore Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and I was afraid that this book, a modernization of that classic novel, could not possibly compare. So why bother? I was … Continue reading

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AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  In the opening scene of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s AMERICANAH, the main character has to travel from Princeton to Trenton because no one in Princeton knows how to braid her hair. And it goes on from there. Following Ifemelu, a … Continue reading

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OUTLINE by Rachel Cusk

Reading Rachel Cusk’s luminous novel OUTLINE, I was reminded of how much I love stories that involve travelers. Probably because the notion of boarding a plane or train implies adventure and the prospect of meeting new people and learning something, … Continue reading

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THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR by Helen Simonson

Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, which I also loved, has produced another comforting installment for those of us inclined to cuddle up under a blanket. Whether you are suffering from the flu or simply trying not to … Continue reading

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MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND by Helen Simonson

Maybe you have a cold, or maybe it’s rainy out, or maybe you are procrastinating from doing something “important.” You could probably come up with a better excuse, but the truth is, when it comes to reading you shouldn’t need … Continue reading

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EVERY DAY by David Levithan

Some people have wild imaginings but don’t do anything about them. David Levithan had this idea: Imagine if you woke up a different person every day. And he wrote this remarkable book about a teenager who has this experience. EVERY … Continue reading

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THE PASSENGER by Lisa Lutz

As should be evident from a handful of previous posts, I am a HUGE fan of Lisa Lutz. From her Spellman series (like Harriet the Spy for adults, but funnier) to the hilarious Heads You Lose (written with her ex-boyfriend, … Continue reading

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THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir

Andy Weir’s first novel, THE MARTIAN, is what Hollywood types call “high concept”: An astronaut who was left for dead finds himself alone on Mars. This is the story of what he does to try to survive. Of course they … Continue reading

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FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff

After a while, if you’ve read enough good books, you begin to approach them the way a chef eats in someone else’s restaurant, trying to discern the content of each dish. How could I make this? you think, savoring every … Continue reading

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