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.

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.

June 21, 2015

The Anxiety of Obsession: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Tamara Ireland Stone's new YA novel, Every Last Word, tackles OCD from a teen's point of view. It is real, and at times heartbreaking, to sit with her as she battles the obsessive thoughts that are crippling her.

June 11, 2015

A Different Kind of War Story: I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers

I Saw a Man, the new book from Owen Sheers, is a different story of war and its reverberations. In beautiful prose, Sheers writes with an emotional depth and knowledge that will draw the reader into his characters’ lives.

June 8, 2015

The Intrigue of a Heist: Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm

In a shop on a street in Paris that no tourist would visit, Grace works fixing knick-knacks, replacing gems, and mending possible antiques. Grace is far from home, and those she works with know her as Julie from California, not Grace from small-town Tennessee. So begins the story of a woman who is not at all who she appears to be.

June 3, 2015

Escape to Mallorca: The Rocks by Peter Nichols

Peter Nichols’s new novel, The Rocks, takes us to a beautiful place far away and the tumultuous love stories set therein.

May 25, 2015

Sex and Gender, Love and Marriage: The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

In 1930, Einar Wegener became one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Prior to the surgeries (there were a few), he had been living as Lili Elbe, dressing and functioning as a woman for more than a decade. This fascinating story serves as the real-life inspiration for David Ebershoff's new novel, The […]

May 22, 2015

Become a Better You: Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith

Change is hard. Change is even harder when you are trying to modify your behavior. Get a little help during the process with Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith.

May 21, 2015

Not What You Expect: The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh

You often hear the phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” In the case of Helen Walsh’s The Lemon Grove, consider this an imperative.

May 11, 2015

No Place like Home: Anne Enright's Affecting Irish Family Saga

With a Man Booker Prize and a Carnegie Medal for Excellence, Anne Enright's writing résumé is among the most elite. Her latest novel, a beautiful family saga set in Ireland, lives up to her high standards.

May 5, 2015

An Early Peek at This Year's Beach Read: I Take You by Eliza Kennedy

Wedding Jitters. Cold Feet. Second Thoughts. All common things we associate with people about to marry. Unfortunately, Lily Wilder, the star of Eliza Kennedy’s debut novel, I Take You, is suffering from something far beyond these mundane clichés.

May 1, 2015

Burned at the Keyboard: So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson has created an interesting subgenre of nonfiction that I can best describe as satirical Malcolm Gladwell. He immerses himself in his subject matter and goes on to write an accessible, fun read. His newest, So You've Been Publicly Shamed, is no different.