Category Archives: I Read

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Maybe I missed something about this book? People seemed to really love it. I really liked parts of it. Those are the parts actually about the book’s purpose or claim: a woman’s best friend and mentor dies; as a result, … Continue reading

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

I think rereading “The Handmaid’s Tale” made me dislike this novel even more. It’s unbelievable that this won a “joint” Booker prize, and shows how the publishing machine and Atwood’s rank must have so much clout. I would have tossed … Continue reading

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I was hesitant to re-read this novel since I remembered it fondly from its debut in my late teens. But I decided to at least try again, before I read “The Testaments“. And full disclaimer – I’m not an Atwood … Continue reading

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There There by Tommy Orange

This novel.  It’s so well told. Each chapter introduces and weaves characters together in a a multigenerational story that’s tethered by each of them making their way to the Big Oakland Powwow. “There There” is about identity, culture, substances, fear, … Continue reading

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The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham

This novel is about unambitious Barrett who can’t find love and sees a vision in the park one night. He lives with his older brother, Tyler, a tired musician who is hitting a wall whenever he tries writing a wedding … Continue reading

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Private Citizens by Tony Tulathimutte

This is a(n often brutal) satire about four young college graduates living in San Francisco. It’s cleverly written and a few times I honestly did laugh out loud. However, I’d say the language and self-awareness goes over-the-top during Linda’s diatribes. … Continue reading

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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

John Carreyrou uncovers the story of Standford dropout’s, CEO Elizabeth Holmes’, multibillion startup – Theranos. It was built on smoke and mirrors, and endorsed by big-name investors. Carreyrou writes of Holmes’ sociopath duplicity in promising to revolutionize the medical industry … Continue reading

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