Tag Archives: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The End of the End of the Earth: Essays by Jonathan Franzen

I’ve been a big fan of Jonathan Franzen ever since I read Freedom back in 2012. I think some of you would know how stingy I am with book ratings. The number of books that have received 5 stars from me is less than two dozens, and Freedom is one such ‘rare’ books to make […]

The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife

Out of all the iconic sites in England, to me, the Tower of London stands out as one of the absolutes must-sees! Both my husband and I are history fanatics, so while we were in England last year, we went to London to visit this medieval site. We had a full day planned for ourselves […]

The Third Hotel by Laura van den Berg

Recently widowed Clare has arrived in Havana to attend the Festival of New Latin American Cinema. She had been planning on making this trip with Richard, her late husband who was a horror movie scholar. Now in Havana, Clare is alone in appreciating Revolución Zombi, a film Richard would have loved, but then one day […]

Early Work by Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin’s debut Early Work follows the story of Peter, a twenty-something wannabe writer. The novel begins when Peter meets Leslie, another aspiring writer at a party. Peter instantly becomes taken with Leslie despite having a long-term girlfriend, and Leslie who has temporarily moved to Virginia to take a break from her fiancé doesn’t try […]

Half Gods by Akil Kumarasamy

Akil Kumarasamy’s debut novel Half Gods is presented as a collection of interwoven short stories that explores the immigrant experience. Those who have been following my blog for a while might know that I’m from Sri Lanka, where a 26-year civil war was fought between the Sinhalese, Sri Lanka’s ethnic majority and the Tamil minority. […]

Mr. Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense by Jenny Uglow

Mr. Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense is the award-winning biographer Jenny Uglow’s account of Edward Lear’s life. Born in 1812, Edward was the penultimate of twenty-one children of Ann Clark Skerrett and Jeremiah Lear. Edward didn’t have the happiest of early childhoods – Ann Clark rejected Edward, and the family went through a […]

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Semi-major announcement: I offered to volunteer at the local library bookstore. 🙂 I have a meeting set up, and if all goes well I will be volunteering there soon enough! So it only seemed fitting that I pick up Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, a book that I have owned for sometime now, and just get on with […]