The Air You Breathe

Thank you to the lovely people at Riverhead Books and WME Books for my copy of The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles.  All thoughts and images are my own.


Title: The Air You Breate
Author: Frances de Pontes Peebles
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pub date: August 21, 2018
Read if you like: Bel Canto, The Queen of the Night, stories of female friendship. Continue reading


Thank you to the lovely people at Riverhead Books for my copy of Florida by Lauren Groff.  All thoughts and images are my own.

Florida is featured on my 2018 Summer Reading Guide (check out the guide here).


Title: Florida
Author: Lauren Groff
Genre: Eerie Short Stories
Pub date: June 5, 2018
Read if you like: All the Names They Used for God, lots and lots of snakes, really good writing. Continue reading

The Female Persuasion

Synopsis: (as told by the back of the book)

Greer Kadetsky is a college freshman when she meets the woman who will change her life.  Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others.  Hearing Faith speak for the first time, in a crowded campus chapel, Greer feels her inner world light up. She and Cory, her high school boyfriend, have both been hardworking and ambitious, jokingly referred to as “twin rocket ships,” headed up and up and up.  Yet for so long Greer has been full of longing, in search of a purpose she can’t quite name. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites her to make something out her new sense of awakening. Over time, Faith leads Greer along the most exciting and rewarding path of her life, as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory, and the future she’d always imagined.  As Cory’s path, too, is altered in ways that feel beyond his control, both of them are asked to reckon with what they really want. What does it mean to be powerful? How do people measure their impact upon the world, and upon one another? Does all of this look different for men than it does for women? Continue reading

The Lonely Hearts Hotel

Synopsis: (as told by the back of the book)

Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1914.  Before long, their talents emerge, earning them both adoration and hatred.  Pierrot is a piano prodigy; scrappy Rose can light up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy.  While forced to travel around the city performing clown routines to raise funds for their orphanage, the children fall in love with each other.  They also make plans for a sensational future together, dreaming of the most provocative circus show the world has ever seen. Continue reading