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Introducing Wonderland Books!

Hi EDIWTB Readers! I am posting today with some very exciting news. I am opening a bookstore! Owning a bookstore has been a dream of mine for a very long time. (If you’re a reader of this blog I don’t think I need to tell you why.) I’ve spent the last 18 months or so planning this out, acquiring an amazing partner, developing a business plan, finding a place, negotiating a lease, and learning everything I can about opening a bookstore. It’s finally happening, and I can finally tell you all about it. Wonderland Books will be located in the

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Introducing Wonderland Books!

Hi EDIWTB Readers! I am posting today with some very exciting news. I am opening a bookstore! Owning a bookstore has been a dream of mine for a very long time. (If you’re a reader of this blog I don’t think I need to tell you why.) I’ve spent the last 18 months or so planning this out, acquiring an amazing partner, developing a business plan, finding a place, negotiating a lease, and learning everything

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GREEN DOT by Madeleine Gray

I love when authors take common scenarios and, thanks to introspective, detailed writing, turn them into unique stories that feel fresh and original. That’s the case with Green Dot by Madeleine Gray. Hera is an aimless twentysomething woman living in Sydney who takes a job as a discussion moderator for an online news site. Her job is soulless and boring, but a few days in, she meets an older journalist who sits on the other

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MERCURY by Amy Jo Burns

I am way behind on posts, so in order to catch up these next few are going to be short! Mercury by Amy Jo Burns takes place in a small depressed town in Pennsylvania. Marley moves to town with her mother as a senior in high school and quickly gets involved with Baylor, the eldest of three sons in a local family that runs the town’s roofing business. Marley soon becomes entrenched in the Joseph

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VICTIM by Andrew Boryga

Just as last year’s juggernaut Yellowface featured a shameless, amoral author taking advantage of woke liberalism and tokenism in publishing, Andrew Boryga’s Victim does the same thing with journalism. It looks at victimhood -projected, experienced or faked – and how one young man’s manipulation of it sent him soaring, and then crashing, through the New York City journalism scene. If you enjoy fast-paced novels with unlikeable characters and can’t-look-away plot trainwrecks, then Victim is for

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THE HUSBANDS by Holly Gramazio

I love books with Sliding Doors/alternative endings formats, and boy did Holly Gramazio deliver with her new novel, The Husbands. Lauren lives outside London, and after a night of partying, wakes up to find her husband climbing down the attic stairs. The only catch – Lauren doesn’t have a husband. What follows for the next year and a half is a parade of husbands coming from and returning to the attic, some staying for a

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TROUBLED by Rob Henderson

Troubled: A Memoir of Foster Care, Family, and Social Class by Rob Henderson opens with the assertion that the one thing that can create the foundation for a successful life isn’t education or wealth, but a stable family life. Henderson grew up in a chaos, with a mother who abandoned him at a very young age, a string of foster homes, and an adoptive family that splintered early. Despite his achievements later in life, including

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GENERATIONS by Jean Twenge

Generations by Jean Twenge is a meticulous, detailed exploration of the six living generations – Silent, Boomer, X, Millennial, Z and Polars – and how and why they differ from each other. Using exhaustive data from a range of sources, Twenge explores how each generation approaches things like race, politics, sexuality, mental health, work, marriage, money, and more, and how those attitudes developed. I highly recommend Generations to pretty much anyone – there is so

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LEAVING by Roxana Robinson

Leaving by Roxana Robinson is a wrenching novel about a couple in their 60s who reconnect after having been involved in college. Sarah and Warren, who dated in their early 20s, broke up over what was basically a misunderstanding. They each married and had families, and decades passed. Forty years later, they cross paths at the opera and discover that they still have a connection. Leaving is about the rekindling of that connection and the

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AFTER ANNIE by Anna Quindlen

After Annie by Anna Quindlen tracks the first year after the sudden death of Annie, a married mother of four, through the eyes of her adolescent daughter Ali, her best friend Annemarie and her husband Bill. Through their thoughts and memories, Quindlen fills in a portrait of Annie as a wife, mother and friend, and explores the pain and timelines of grief. Why I picked it up: I’ve never read any Anna Quindlen novels before,

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PIGLET by Lottie Hazell

Lottie Hazell’s debut novel Piglet is about one British woman’s appetites – for acceptance, for respectability, and yes, for food. Piglet, christened with a terrible nickname by her family, is so close to rising above her working-class roots. She’s engaged to a wealthy man, Kit, and they live in a lovely house in which they entertain and show off their enviable life. But a few weeks before their wedding, Kit admits to have betrayed Piglet,

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GOOD MATERIAL by Dolly Alderton

Good Material by Dolly Alderton flips the usual sad breakup story by telling it from the guy’s perspective. Andy, a mid-thirties stand-up comedian, has just been broken up with by Jen, his girlfriend of three years, and he’s devastated. With his career stalling, his friends all married off and the love of his life gone, Andy is at loose ends. Good Material tracks the months after the breakup, as Andy tries to put his life

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REMARKABLY BRIGHT CREATURES by Shelby Van Pelt

My book club’s pick for this month was Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt, a book whose bright cover has been ubiquitous this year. I picked this one up on a recent trip to Parnassus Bookstore, based on the buzz about the book. (Also, I think octopuses are pretty cool.) It’s about Marcellus, an elderly octopus living in an aquarium in Washington state; Tova, an older woman who cleans the aquarium; and Cameron, a

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SAM by Allegra Goodman

Remember me? I used to blog about books here. Sheesh. It’s been a while. To make up for the lack of posts, here’s a review of a book I really liked. Probably a 4.5 or 5 star read. It’s Sam, my first book by Allegra Goodman, and it came out last year. Sam is a character-driven coming-of-age story about a girl navigating childhood and adolescence. That’s pretty much it – not a lot of drama.

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THE BERRY PICKERS by Amanda Peters

The Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters is a novel about an indigenous Mi’kmaq family in Nova Scotia who travels to Maine every summer to pick blueberries as migrant workers. One summer, 4 year-old Ruthie, the youngest of the family’s five children, disappears while they are working out in the field. Her disappearance is the first in a series of devastating losses suffered by the family, and is a loss felt especially hard by her brother

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THE ART THIEF by Michael Finkel

One advantage to listening to a book vs reading it is that you can be truly surprised. With reading, your eyes sometimes jump ahead and sort of absorb the words even before you mean them to, which can blunt the impact of shocking words. But with audio, you really have no idea what is coming. That works to the great advantage of the audiobook of The Art Thief by Michael Finkel, non-fiction about prolific (understatement)

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