As someone who loves English people very dearly, I think I’m qualified to say: all of you are emotionally repressed.
Just as I was entering middle school, America became enraptured with the story of Natalee Holloway.
3/5 Stars Barbara Demick has made a bit of a career writing about tense regions of the world–she has been a correspondent in Eastern Europe, China, and South Korea. Her most successful book so far has been Nothing to Envy, a nonfiction account of life in the port town of Chongjin, North Korea. This wasContinue reading “Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town by Barbara Demick”
Jessi Jezewska Stevens, are you living in my brain?
4.5/5 stars Growing up in the New Jersey suburbs, I have really no memories of the era in which New York City wasn’t seen as a desirable place to be. My parents often told me that ‘going into the city’ was not a common weekend activity when they were young, not in the era ofContinue reading “The Central Park Five by Sarah Burns”
5/5 stars Immigration has been a big part of my life for the past few years–studying in the UK twice, getting married, and applying for a spousal visa in the UK means I know my way around bringing huge files of documents to what feel like basic appointments, getting fingerprinted in windowless rooms, and theContinue reading “The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio”
3/5 stars Sometimes you need a book that feels like an escape, and in many ways, War Paint by J.J. Maya fulfills that need–a sassy heroine and a predictable-yet-fun plot makes this book feel like watching a romcom on a lazy Sunday with a steamy mug of tea. Basically, this book is capital-F Fluff, whichContinue reading “War Paint by J.J. Maya (NetGalley Review)”
4/5 stars I remember in the fall of 2017 when the rumblings of the #MeToo movement were first beginning (well, actually, the movement started way before that, but fall 2017 was when the movement really started to take hold in the public consciousness). Most of the men named meant nothing to me, or were soContinue reading “My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell”
4/5 stars I will devour any nonfiction related to reclusive communities of any stripe – I can’t get enough. So after whizzing through the Netflix series Unorthodox back when we thought quarantine was gonna be over by like, April (ha), I decided to check out Deborah Feldman’s memoir exploring her upbringing in the rigid OrthodoxContinue reading “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman”
5/5 stars Who, among us, doesn’t love a good scam? Whether it’s Fyre Fest or the Grifter Heiress, I can’t get enough. So when I heard about the premise of Sounds Like Titanic, I almost began frothing at the mouth to get a copy. Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman, raised in West Virginia, dreamed of becoming aContinue reading “Sounds Like Titanic by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman”