A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

a bookclique pick by Jessica Flaxman The few times I have been in London, I have felt a sense of magic in the air. Maybe it was due to the fact that my head is full of English folklore and my favorite stories belong to England – Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books, Susannah Clarke’s masterful Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Phillip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, and of course, J. K. Rowling’s Harry … Continue reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

A Country Between by Stephanie Saldana

a bookclique pick by Lindsey Mead Stephanie Saldana’s A Country Between is a love letter to her first son, Joseph, and a chronicle of the years she and her growing family spent living on Nablus Road in Jerusalem. Nablus Road, the “seam” between Palestinian Jerusalem and Israeli Jerusalem, is full of characters and personality, and Saldana beautifully evokes their years living there. She describes a “one-street … Continue reading A Country Between by Stephanie Saldana

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D.Vance

a bookclique pick by Jennifer Lyn  I might know a thing or two about being a hillbilly. Much of my upbringing was in the Ozarks of Arkansas catching crawdads and eating black-eyed peas at school lunch, and my parents live in the mountains of rural Tennessee. So, when I had dinner recently with a longtime friend in New York City, and one of the first … Continue reading Hillbilly Elegy by J.D.Vance

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

a bookclique pick by Stacey Loscalzo I would like to be Ann Patchett when I grow up. Therefore, when I learned that her bookstore, Parnassus Books, offered a book subscription service, I signed up immediately. My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout was the first Parnassus First Edition Club selection to land on my doorstep. I did not read Olive Kitteridge or Burgess Boys, Strout’s earlier works, so I … Continue reading My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout