Book Recommendations for You

A.J. Fikry does refer to blurbs as the “blood diamonds of publishing,” but nonetheless, here are a few books I’ve enjoyed (and blurbed!) over the past several months.


My blurb: “The first rule of Dietland is you should definitely talk about Dietland. And I suspect you’ll want to. Gather your book clubs, gather all the Jennifers you know! At first you’ll think you’re reading a familiar story: a woman who works at a women’s magazine tries to lose weight. And then POW! Dietland  lithely moves in ways and to places you won’t expect. Sarai Walker has a wonderfully curious mind, and this is an impressive, ambitious first novel.”


My blurb: “The Travels of Daniel Ascher is about the power of stories, particularly the ones we tell about ourselves. Within its svelte form, the novel packs in a love story (several actually), a family story, a war story, a mystery, a travelogue, and even a convincingly imagined children’s adventure series. All these strands weave together beautifully in this deftly plotted and deeply moving novel.”

Readers who enjoyed A.J. Fikry will very much respond to this one.


My blurb: “SAINT MAZIE is a novel with as much style and moxie as its titular character. I missed Mazie Gordon-Phillips and her family when I was finished reading, but I missed New York, too. By telling this one woman’s story, Jami Attenberg has managed to write an ode to New Yorkers of every generation. She is a true poet of the city.”

I loved Jami Attenberg’s The Middlesteins, too.

For Young Adults:

game of love and death

THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH is a unique love story, and yet, it is also the love story of all humans through time. Martha Brockenbrough is a compassionate observer of many worlds—airfields, jazz clubs, baseball diamonds, newspapers, and Hoovervilles to name a few—and the beautiful, doomed human types that dwell in them. This is an exceptional novel.”

This book is indicated for young adults, but I’m confident adults will enjoy it.

4 thoughts on “Book Recommendations for You

  1. Thank you for your book recommendations. I will look them all up. My friend and I were talking about The Storied Life today. You can’t imagine how much I love that book. I read it aloud to my blind friend and she loved it, too. I am a retired librarian and all librarians love it. I do have one question. The reader doesn’t discover that A.J. Fikry is black (or brown) for a while. We wonder if he is African American or Indian. Also, since it seems to have nothing to do with the plot, why mention it at all? Just curious.

  2. I read Elsewhere as a child and it always stuck with me. I still think about it as an adult.

  3. Thank you for your recommendations. I am adding all of these to my Good Reads “To-read” list. I read Storied Life on my own a couple months ago, then re-read it for my book group. I loved it both times. I work in book publishing and absolutely love books, book stores, stories, and the smell of books. I thoroughly enjoyed Storied Life.

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