If you want something gritty, smart and noir - head to New York. Trashy, seedy crime? L.A. But backstabbing political intrigue… There is nowhere that tops the beating heart of the US establishment - Washington D.C.
This is a classic coming-of-age story in a historical setting and whilst the narrative itself is rather formulaic, it is very well researched and would give younger readers plenty of historical perspective.
When I sat down to think about how I would choose my five favourite female authors, in honor of International Women's Day, I felt completely overwhelmed. Most of my books seem to be written by women...
This book was always going to have an epic hill to climb as a re-telling of Homer’s “The Odyssey”. By its very nature it was going to have to be expansive both in time and location, not to mention language and structure - all very problematic for an author... There are some elements of this that Scott Kauffman has really nailed and, as to be expected, others that slip through his grasp. In light of this, I am completely torn with this book.
I've been up against it this month - I started my TBR list quite late, and it's a short month. I know... excuses excuses! Still, I've got six books to feedback to you on and there's a little bit of something for everyone...
This book popped up as a recommendation by The Wee Reader in her 2016 round up and I couldn't resist. I enjoyed plowing through all the Outlander books last year and was looking for something that might fill the little homesick hole in my life since I moved to New York.
I'm a sucker for wandering around old streets, visiting stately homes and sitting out with a good book and a great view to enjoy my coffee. But where to get this in a country that glorifies the new, the shiny, the current? I fell in love with New England without ever actually visiting. Instagram is… Continue reading Great Reads in Great Places: Providence, Rhode Island
I was very excited to hear on the bookish grapevine yesterday that Philip Pullman is revisiting His Dark Materials in October this year with a new 'equel' series - another trilogy of books set both before and after the original. For those of you who might not have come across these books, perhaps you were… Continue reading More Dark Materials…
What happens when Britain's greatest Bard meets tequila swigging Yanks off Broadway?? Genius happens. Silly, rude, sloshing Genius.
Would vintage 1930s New York be useful for helping me acclimatise? No. But it was jolly entertaining. Dashiell Hammett's "The Thin Man' is sparse and very of its time. The characters are almost entirely unlikeable, apart from Nora, and it's a miracle anyone was able to get any deducing done given that they all seem… Continue reading Bottoms Up with “The Thin Man”
I feel as if Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2013 offering, “Americanah,” fell into my lap at the perfect time. As a recent immigrant to Brooklyn, I was looking to diversify my reading list and maybe find out something of the place I had landed in through the eyes of others who have found themselves swallowed up by this noisy, raucous city.