Elizabeth's Book Reviews

Jane Eyre Cover Image
Reviewed by: Elizabeth
Posted: May 27, 2022

"The first book to ever make me cry. Jane uses her education to escape a dreadful childhood into the freedoms of a career woman – that is, as much freedom as a 19th century British woman of her status can muster. I first read Jane Eyre in middle school and fell in love with the Gothic romance and proto-feminist themes then, but its complexity and my changing perspectives on the story keep it eternally interesting for me as an adult."

Kitchen Confidential Updated Ed: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly Cover Image
Reviewed by: Elizabeth
Posted: May 27, 2022

I’m a second generation Tony fan. My dad, who traveled and ate extensively, loved Bourdain long before I did. After Dad died, Bourdain became my way of keeping a beyond-the-grave connection. Kitchen Confidential was the first and most inspiring of Bourdain’s books I read, endearing me with his dark sense of humor, punk lifestyle, and epic food descriptions. KC is the reason I don’t work behind a desk, following my passions instead.

Aviva vs the Dybbuk Cover Image
Reviewed by: Elizabeth
Posted: April 25, 2022

Despite being a middle grade reader, this book spoke to adult me on so many levels - and I can only imagine the impact it would have had were I still 11/12, or even later in childhood after losing a parent like Aviva did. Mari Lowe did a beautiful job of portraying grief's longterm consequences while winding in a ghost story and everyday life in an active Orthodox Jewish community. The glossary is a bonus for any reader who loves languages. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel Cover Image
Reviewed by: Elizabeth
Posted: April 25, 2022

If you love books about books, historical fiction, and a dash of romance and humor, this book is for you. A darling epistolary novel about a writer and her newfound friends on the British isle of Guernsey, it discusses the island's little-known experiences during World War II. Set in the early postwar period, the islanders' memories will make you laugh and cry. Bonus points for a witty, fiesty lady protagonist!

The Passover Guest Cover Image
Reviewed by: Elizabeth
Posted: March 30, 2022

My Significant Other and I discovered The Passover Guest while preparing for our own holiday Seder and were struck by how sweet and wholesome this story is. Muriel's family can't afford food or Elijah's wine for their Seder because of the Great Depression, but after her fateful encounter with a juggler, magical things begin to happen. This is a delightful tale with messages of generosity and appreciation, even in the face of hardship. 

I Am My Beloveds Cover Image
Reviewed by: Elizabeth
Posted: March 30, 2022

A groundbreaking new novel by local author Jonathan Papernick, I Am My Beloveds explores open marriage and polyamory. Drawing on themes of anxiety, infertility, and love in all its many forms, this poses questions like "Can a marriage survive life-changing or relationship-altering events?" Simultaneously serious and fun, it deals with topics that are only just starting to be talked about in a heartfelt manner.