Thumbs up for My Ideal Bookshelf by Thessaly La Force, illustrated by Jane Mount. Nonfiction.
I spent about a third of my weekly grocery budget on this book, but once it was in my hand I knew I could never let it go. (Albeit this may be more a reflection on my finances rather than on the price of the book.) It’s hard to describe an art book in prose, but the concept is that the authors asked more than a hundred famous and famous-ish people – from Malcolm Gladwell to Maira Kalman to Alice Waters – what their ideal bookshelf was.… >> Read more
Picking one’s favorite books of the year is a surprisingly fraught process. At least, it is for me. I feel like I have to correct for the fact that, like everyone, I have stronger feelings about things that happened more recently: book-reading included. I remember loving Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader and Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day, back in January, but at this point can I consider them among my favorites?… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates. Children’s.
When my dad, who’s been selling books for thirty years, hands me a kid’s book and says “You have to read this,” I can trust that it will be worth it. It was.… >> Read more
Two nights ago I finished The Yiddish Policemen’s Union. The problem with finishing a book you really love is the fact that it’s hard to pick out your next book, because everything seems to pale in comparison.
I thought I was covered, since I’d borrowed a copy of The Night Circus from a friend. It seemed like just what I wanted – an easy-to-read but evocative romance with a dash of fantasy.… >> Read more
I review every book I finish*. I do Two-Paragraph Reviews: one paragraph of mine, one from the book.
Why just one of each? Well, for starters, to keep my sanity. If I didn’t have that restriction I’d probably be writing a whole essay about each book, and copying out multi-page passages to show you. And if I did that, I’d quickly burn out and quit.… >> Read more