Quick takes- April 2018

The House of Impossible Beauties. 5 stars. Five million stars. Great story and great writing. I will always be haunted by the detail of the HIV+ character riding a crowded subway because it's the only human contact she can have. This was a heartbreaker.

She Regrets Nothing. 4 stars. This was racy and glitzy and decadent. I didn't totally love every direction the plot went in, but still a very solid and enjoyable page turner. Lots to love here.

The Female Persuasion. 3 stars. Once...

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Don’t say I didn’t warn you

I realized recently that putting the 'not for everyone' tag on a book review is essentially a guarantee that I will read it. (On the flip side, putting the 'written by Jonathan Franzen' tag guarantees I'll avoid it.) If there's a love it or hate it situation, I want a vote. And when I read the first line of the description of Jillian:

Megan, recently out of college and working a meaningless job as a gastroenterologist's secretary, openly hates all of her friends for being happy...

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No such thing as bad publicity

After Birth by Elisa Albert is one of my favorite books that I've read in the last few years, and is typically the first thing I suggest when people ask me for recommendations. I was drawn to the subject and I loved her previous novel, but what sealed the deal for me was this line from a one-star review on Goodreads: "If you find the idea of an entire novel featuring a woman agonizing...

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