coming of age

"Every Exquisite Thing"

my take: “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”* Nanette and Alex meet through their encounter with …

"The Memory of Light"

my take: Thank you, Francisco X. Stork for writing this book. I cried when I read your author’s note at …

"Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands"

my take: I read this shortly after I read Station Eleven, so at first it seemed like another post-apocolyptic story, …

"My Brilliant Friend"

my take: A tale of two young girls in 1950’s Naples in a rough neighborhood of poverty, violence, and secrets. …

"The Bartender’s Tale"

my take: When I heard Ivan Doig died (recently), I thought it a fitting time to read this. Sometimes a …

"Station Eleven"

my take: I’d been reading a lot of good books. I was looking for a great one. I chatted one …

"The Silver Star"

my take: The opening lines of The Silver Star are reminiscent of┬áThe Glass Castle: “My sister saved my life when …

"Paper Towns"

my take: I very much enjoyed John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, so when I saw this at Target …

"Crow Lake"

my take: There’s something wonderfully haunting about this book. In the opening paragraph: “When the end came, it seemed to …

"The Round House"

my take: I loved the voice of the narrator in this coming-of-age story. Joe looks back on a pivotal moment …

sag harbor

my take: this is a coming of age story in the line of the miracle life of edgar mint and …

"durable goods"

my take: this is a slight novel, as in small in size, and packs a big emotional impact. this book …