My London Book Club Top 10

Once upon a time, a long time ago, I wouldn’t have let anyone who wasn’t my English teacher tell me what I had to read. Suggestions, recommendations, gifts, yes – but outright direction, no. But then I moved to London, and in search of a friends, I joined a book club that some people I […]

In which I wrap up August

(1) Things which I have read and enjoyed. I finally finished reading Shadi Hamid’s Islamic Exceptionalism which was really interesting and with which I’m having an ongoing mental conversation. I’m hoping and planning to write some of it down at some point when I can find several sustained minutes. I re-read Michael Chabon’s The Amazing […]

in which I wrap up… July

(1) Things which I have read and enjoyed. This month I read Jessie Burton’s new novel The Muse (in a weekend) which I enjoyed very much indeed. I think it is probably a better book than The Minaturist (for a start, I don’t think it ducks the ending, which that did): it’s a little steadier, […]