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.

April 25, 2016

Family and Money: The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Family dysfunction is definitely not a new subject for novels (or any writing, for that matter), but some authors find a way to keep it fresh and fun to read. Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney does just that.

April 18, 2016

Curtis Sittenfeld's Satirical New Twist on Pride and Prejudice

A bold literary experiment, Eligible is a brilliant, playful, and delicious saga for the twenty-first century.

April 15, 2016

Their Brains on Social Media: American Girls by Nancy Jo Sales

Provocative and urgent, American Girls is destined to ignite a much-needed conversation about how we can help our daughters and sons negotiate unprecedented new challenges.

April 8, 2016

A World of Insight: Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett's newest book, Becoming Wise, offers a grounded and fiercely hopeful vision of humanity for this century – of personal growth but also renewed public life and human spiritual evolution.

March 22, 2016

More Than Fiction: The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

Karan Mahajan writes brilliantly about the effects of terrorism on victims and criminals, quickly proving himself to be one of the most provocative and dynamic novelists of his generation.

March 15, 2016

To Really Understand Depression: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

In his newest book, Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig teaches us to celebrate the small joys and moments of peace that life brings, and reminds us that there are always reasons to stay alive.

March 10, 2016

An Atypical Thriller: All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage

This captivating and complex portrayal of a psychopath and a marriage will leave you breathless.

March 9, 2016

Smarter Faster Better: Getting It Done with Charles Duhigg

Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics, this painstakingly researched book explains why, in today’s world, managing how you think rather than what you think can transform your life.

March 3, 2016

Based on a True Story: I'll See You in Paris by Michelle Gable

Based on the real life of Gladys Spencer-Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough, I'll See You In Paris is a journey of love, discovery, and truth.

March 1, 2016

You Can't Look Away: The Widow by Fiona Barton

Fiona Barton's debut novel, The Widow, is a complex psychological thriller that will leave you feeling uneasy for days to come.

February 21, 2016

A YA Debut for All Ages: Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

Gavriel Savit's bewitching Young Adult debut, Anna and the Swallow Man, is well worth the read, whether you consider yourself a young adult or not.

February 16, 2016

A Chilling Thriller: Rosamund Lupton's The Quality of Silence

Mother and daughter brave the Alaskan tundra in a chilling testament to the power of family in Rosamund Lupton's latest thriller, The Quality of Silence.

January 26, 2016

Truman Capote and the High Life: The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Melanie Benjamin delves into the world of mid-century, high-society New York revealing a gratifying story about Truman Capote and his friendships.

January 15, 2016

Absurdity Rules the Roost in American Housewife

Helen Ellis’s hilarious collection of stories, American Housewife, will have you cringing and laughing all at once.

January 14, 2016

Rooted in History: The Longest Night by Andria Williams

Andria Williams's debut novel follows the challenges a married couple face during the only nuclear accident to ever take place on American soil.