Jennifer Ridgway

About Jennifer Ridgway

Measures distance in time, uses the word “bubbler,” and still slips in the occasional “hey?” at the end of a sentence. She has a one-eyed cat named Padiddle, doesn’t travel enough, and wishes she was an expat sitting at a cafe in Paris drinking coffee and reading.

October 6, 2015

A Worthy Follow-up: After You by Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes's followup to Me Before You, titled After You, picks up just months later, and finds our heroine in a less-than-ideal place in life.

October 2, 2015

New Revolution: Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter

In her latest book, Anne-Marie Slaughter shifts the focus of the work-life balance conundrum and frames it as a business and policy issue. And it’s a good thing she did.

September 20, 2015

A Welcome Change to YA Dystopian Fiction: All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder

A meteor is hurtling toward Earth and you have twenty-four hours left to live. (As far as you know, Bruce Willis is not flying into outer space accompanied by an Aerosmith soundtrack.) How do you spend your time? This is the very situation the characters in Lisa Schroeder’s new YA novel, All We Have Is Now, find themselves in.

September 15, 2015

He Was, She Was: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

At a very basic level, Fates and Furies is a 'he said-she said' novel - except there's nothing basic about this story.

September 4, 2015

Live from The New Yorker: Between You and Me by Mary Norris

From budding etymologists, to Oxford-comma enthusiasts, to anyone fascinated by the inner workings of magazines, Mary Norris's new memoir covering her nearly forty years at The New Yorker has something for everyone.

August 28, 2015

Writing Your Story: Rising Strong by Brene Brown

If you live in a daring way, being all in, and being yourself, you are bound to have failures. Rising Strong is Brene Brown's theory, based on research, on how to dive into failure and get back up.

August 25, 2015

Having It All: A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan

Elisabeth Egan’s debut novel, A Window Opens, brings the ages-old juggling act to the new, always-connected digital era.

August 20, 2015

The Social Ladder in the 21st Century: Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford

Everybody Rise is a fictitious inside look at the upper class of New York City and the envy of those who want to elbow and claw their way in and up to join this elite, insulated group.

August 9, 2015

French Revolution, Post-Apocalyptic Reboot: Rook by Sharon Cameron

In Sharon Cameron's newest YA novel, Rook, the future post-apocalyptic world looks a lot like the French Revolution.

August 7, 2015

Deep Diving with Dolphins: Voices in the Ocean by Susan Casey

From hard scientific research to what some may call the 'woo-woo' side of dolphin love, Casey takes the reader around the world with her as she dives deeper and deeper into the world of dolphins.

July 28, 2015

The Little Known Story of Beryl Markham: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Paula McLain, best-selling author of The Paris Wife, is back with Circling the Sun, a fictionalized biography of Beryl Markham, a truly remarkable woman whose story deserves to be told not only in this book but also in history classes.

July 16, 2015

The Ties that Bind Us: Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman

Robin Kirman's debut novel, Bradstreet Gate, tackles the lives of five people before and after a brutal murder on the campus of the esteemed Harvard University.

July 9, 2015

Tenuous Bonds: Among the Ten Thousand Things By Julia Pierpont

Among the Ten Thousand Things is the story of the Shanley family and how they, as a family and as individuals, deal with the fallout of an affair. Julia Pierpont tells their tale in a wholly original way.

June 30, 2015

Four Friends Come of Age in Local Girls by Caroline Zancan

In Local Girls, Caroline Zancan has accurately captured the intricacies of women's friendships, especially those that begin in childhood: the ups and downs, the love and jealousies, the shared history and secrets.

June 23, 2015

A Literary Journey: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

There are books that come along that are written for book lovers. Nina George's new novel, The Little Paris Bookshop, is an homage to book lovers (and booksellers) everywhere.