January 21, 2019

Every once in a while, you read a book that changes your life...that forces your empathy to grow, challenges the things you were certain of, and makes you question how you'd respond.

This Is How It Always Isby Laurie Frankel, is one of those books.

"This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them.

This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated.

This is how children change…and then change the world.

This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes."

But what would you do in that situation? Is everything as it seems?

The story of Rosie and Penn...

July 15, 2018

As some of you know, I bought a Kindle in February...for this devoted page-turning reader, buying an e-book device was an enormous development. But I commute a lot into the city, travel a lot, and carrying books along in an already-huge bag was not doable (or good for my poor back!).

But now...books! At the push of a button! Goodbye, bank account...hello, hours of reading.

I thought I'd share the books I've gotten through this year (about 40 as of June 2018!) and I will continue updating as I see fit. Have you read some of these? Do you want to? Let's talk! Get in touch.

Note: I've tried to keep authors together and/or themes together as much as possible. Apologies if this list isn't perfectly organized--if you have questions, just ask!

History/Biography

  • We Two: Victoria and Albert, Rulers, Partners, Rivals, by Gillian Gill

  • A Magnificent Obsession, by Helen Rappaport

  • Becoming Queen Victoria, by Kate Williams

  • The Romanov Sisters, by Helen Rappaport

  • The Last Day of the...

May 15, 2018

I never thought I'd see myself in a character so much--a little bit of a control freak, someone caught between destiny and choice, someone who has moments of grace but mostly moments of blurting out witty comments...Enter Winnie Mehta.

Winnie has dated a boy named Raj, who she believed was the man who would fulfill a prophecy about her love life...until they break up. Caught between what destiny has predicted for her and what she wants in life, the story explores the life of a high school senior as she navigates her life as a Bollywood movie, relates everything back to Bollywood, and lives out her own destiny.

Nisha Sharma knocks it out of the park, both with her descriptions of our culture and with the story itself. There's something so outlandish about Bollywood movies--the dancing, the songs, the melodrama, the overdone reactions, and the colors--and there's something so seamless about how she weaves it into the story. As she mentions time and again, the love of Bollywood isn't a love...

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