Hymn to the Reckless by Erin Fornoff

a bookclique pick by Mela Frye One of life’s greater hazards is befriending writers. One dreads the disappointment of art not equalling life, of having to lie — OR, to tell the truth.  In some writerly friendships, however, one discovers a union of pleasure and relief. Such is the happy case with Erin Fornoff and her beautiful debut collection of poems, Hymn to the Reckless. … Continue reading Hymn to the Reckless by Erin Fornoff

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

a bookclique pick by Jessica Flaxman A young girl is seduced by an older man in fine clothing. A kind but sickly visitor to the girl’s mother’s boarding house marries the girl and raises her illegitimate son as his own. The spurned biological father haunts and protects the girl, now woman, and her family throughout their long lives. Set against the backdrop of the Japanese … Continue reading Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

a bookclique pick by Ari Pinkus You don’t have to be a Jane Austen fan to become enraptured in The Austen Escape. Katherine Reay’s latest women’s fiction novel is very much a classic coming-of-age story with historic and modern twists. Even the two settings are emblematic of old and new eras. The novel opens in Austin, Texas, a tech hub, where the main character, Mary … Continue reading The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

a bookclique pick by Katrina Smith I am, I am, I am… determined? Adventurous? Courageous? Or at least I intend to be more so after reading Maggie O’Farrell’s memoir I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death. The acclaimed Northern Irish author of novels such as This Must Be the Place and After You’d Gone has spun together a series of autobiographical tales … Continue reading I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

a bookclique pick by Ann Klotz I bought Turtles All the Way Down in an airport last fall, expecting to donate it to my school library. I read it in one gulp on the plane. Since then, I’ve shared the book with three high school students and acquired a second copy that I keep lending to girls who say, “Oooh, can I borrow that?” Green’s depiction of … Continue reading Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Bookclique’s Best: First Quarter Roundup

bookclique presents… the most popular reviews from January to March 2018. People are definitely craving good fiction so far this year! #1) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas — a bookclique pick from Karen Marquis Derby #2) Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan — a bookclique pick from Jessica Flaxman #3) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng — a bookclique pick from Lindsey Mead #4) … Continue reading Bookclique’s Best: First Quarter Roundup

Love, Africa by Jeffrey Gettleman

a bookclique pick from Rhoda Flaxman I’ve always been fascinated by Africa and count my trips to Kenya, South Africa, and Morocco among the most rewarding adventures of my life. Therefore I quickly devoured Love, Africa, Jeffrey Gettleman’s memoir of his ten years (2007-2017) as New York Times bureau chief for the twelve countries of sub-Saharan Africa. Primarily based in Nairobi, Gettleman vividly takes us, … Continue reading Love, Africa by Jeffrey Gettleman

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

a bookclique pick from Laura Dickerman Patricia Lockwood, author of the fascinating memoir, Priestdaddy, is often referred to as the “poet laureate of Twitter,” who first burst into the public sphere when her powerful piece, “Rape Joke” went viral. Lockwood is a poet first and foremost, and her sentences hum with precision, originality, and beauty. Although the vividness and specificity of her language is compelling in … Continue reading Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Glass Houses by Louise Penny

a bookclique pick by Cricket Mikheev Glass Houses is the latest installment of Louise Penny’s mystery series featuring Quebecois detective, Armand Gamache.  With a wide-ranging and culturally astute plot, this sweeping novel takes on the opioid crisis, the tradition of cobrador del frac, and college friendships as well as themes of shame, conscience, and, of course, murder. This sounds heavy. This sounds dark. And it … Continue reading Glass Houses by Louise Penny