Londonstani: Gautam Malkani

I’ve reviewed a fair number of books that kept me interested for hundreds of pages, only to sputter out at the ending. Today, I found the opposite. Like many of my books, I found Londonstani at a used bookstore. I was intrigued by the cover, thinking at first that someone had drawn all over itContinue reading “Londonstani: Gautam Malkani”

The Night Circus: Erin Morgenstern

I like to call myself an aspiring fiction writer, although some days are better than others when it comes to productivity. My current project is an experiment in magical realism, and for research, I picked up a handful of books well-known in the genre. Along with Borges and Garcia Marquez, there was The Night Circus.Continue reading “The Night Circus: Erin Morgenstern”

Scott Pilgrim (Series): Bryan Lee O’Malley

My boyfriend and I rarely agree when it comes to art. He’s a computer nerd with a love for action movies, video games, and comics. I’ve always preferred books, music, and sports. We’ve found a few points of intersection over the years: Studio Ghibli films, Paul Simon albums, live theatre. Not much else. Recently IContinue reading “Scott Pilgrim (Series): Bryan Lee O’Malley”

A Bend in the River: V.S. Naipaul

I have a soft spot for books about the Indian diaspora. As a child of Indian immigrants, I look to my parents and see the inherent struggle of uprooting your whole life, moving away, setting up life anew, and blending cultures all the while. V.S. Naipaul was not an immigrant from India, but carried hisContinue reading “A Bend in the River: V.S. Naipaul”

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: Aimee Bender

This is a bit of a retrospective review, all things considered. I read this book close to one month ago, and the more I think about it, the more my opinions change. I wanted to like this book, and initially I did. I have a close, personal tie to food writing. When I was anContinue reading “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: Aimee Bender”