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Boxwalla: A Book box for world literature lovers

Boxwalla: A Book box for world literature lovers

If you want to read more international writers, but don’t know where to start, try a Boxwalla Book Box. This subscription box service promises to send you two new reads at a time — featuring writers from all over the world. Boxwalla’s picks seem pretty idiosyncratic and, in general, lesser… read more

September book reviews: Zhang, Rhys, Khong, Walls, Gray, Maum plus two guys with two-syllable names

September book reviews: Zhang, Rhys, Khong, Walls, Gray, Maum plus two guys with two-syllable names

Brief reviews of books by contemporary authors I read this month — along with photos of what I ate while reading. The list is ordered by the level my enjoyment: Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang (Lenny, 2017) “All I had wanted for so long was to be part of a… read more

My latest quest for a Happy Gut, or why I'm such a picky eater

My latest quest for a Happy Gut, or why I’m such a picky eater

It’s true — I’ve become one of those gluten-free, dairy-free L.A. women who drinks green smoothies for breakfast and owns two different spiralizers for zoodles. I wasn’t always this way. In fact, I have a distinct memory of eating powdered milk on a semi-regular basis as a kid — spooned… read more

September giveaway: Isadora by Amelia Gray

September giveaway: Isadora by Amelia Gray

*** Winner selected! Congratulations to Isaly in Fort Worth, Texas! *** I’m one of those people who don’t function well when there’s a lot of drama going on in life, yet I often find myself pulled towards it, and to people who go out of their way to seek it… read more

August book reviews: Mothers, lovers, and our multiple selves

August book reviews: Mothers, lovers, and our multiple selves

Brief reviews of books by contemporary authors I read this month — along with photos of what I ate while reading. The list is ordered by the level my enjoyment: Person/a by Elizabeth Ellen (Short Flight/Long Drive Books, 2017) “I click on the link as a way of saying hi.… read more

The Many fictions of Elizabeth Ellen's Person/a

The Many fictions of Elizabeth Ellen’s Person/a

It’s a strange and thrilling experience, reading as a finished book what you once read in rough manuscript form. Last summer, I read a draft of Elizabeth Ellen’s novel-in-progress while at a residency at The Anderson Center. At that time, the manuscript — a highly autobiographical work about a short-lived… read more