Elle

Elle

Leave it to the French to make a movie almost impossible to describe.  Part psychological thriller, part family drama, and part a glimpse into French life, the story starts off with a bang then slow builds to the conclusion.  It’s a very interesting look at a woman who is ridiculously strong and composed regardless of […]


The Hamilton Affair: a novel by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

The Hamilton Affair: a novel by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

Since all things Hamilton are trendy right now, and because I was lucky enough to score Hamilton tickets, I decided to brush up on my Hamilton history before seeing the show. Truth be told I knew nothing about the first Treasurer of the United States before I read this book (a sad state of affairs […]


Mothers, Tell Your Daughters by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Mothers, Tell Your Daughters by Bonnie Jo Campbell

These thematically related short stories by Campbell are cautionary tales.  All her main characters show us the plights of women: sorry women, unfortunate women, abused women, unwise women. They all are faced with negotiating lives beset by difficulties, the kind they bring on themselves, as well as the kind delivered by terrible husbands, cheating boyfriends, disloyal sons, and […]


The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

The social struggles of class, culture and gender are captured in this sensitive and beautifully written novel about an upper class Parsi woman, Sera Dubash,  and her lower caste servant, Bhima. Despite their differences they are linked in ways that become more and more apparent as the story progresses. Sera tries to hide her husband’s […]



The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty: a novel by Vendela Vida

The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty: a novel by Vendela Vida

This short novel presents an intriguing story that asks cogent questions about identity: Who are we? What defines us? Is reinvention possible? The main character, who is never named, is robbed of her wallet and passport upon her arrival in Morocco, and then proceeds to impersonate a famous film star. Her lack of identity gives […]


Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire

Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire

Carlos Eire was 11 when he and his older brother, Tony, left Havana, Cuba for Miami, Florida, in 1962. This book is an elegy for a lost world where boys had epic breadfruit fights, a Chinese man sold hot dogs from a cart down the street, and visions of Jesus haunted his dreams. The book […]


The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

It may be hard to believe that a 450 page book about North Korea could be fun but there’s no denying this novel is incredibly entertaining. It focuses on a despised orphan, Pak Jun Do, who works a variety of jobs ranging from kidnapping Japanese citizens at night to working as a radio operator who […]


Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

The author of the bestseller Big Little Lies (now a binge-worthy TV series on Netflix), does it again in this 2016 release. And, what is “it?” Juicy, gossipy, domestic fiction, usually set in affluent suburbs involving a circle of women friends and frenemies, their husbands, and their children. There is always a thorny issue roiling up the troops, […]


The Black Tower by Louis Bayard

The Black Tower by Louis Bayard

This enjoyable mystery stars Eugéne François Vidocq, the real-life convict who became one of the first modern detectives. In this novel, he explores the mystery of what really happened to Dauphin Louis-Charles, son of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI, after the French Revolution.