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.

September 10, 2014

On Losing a Child: Rare Bird by Anna Whiston-Donaldson

'I wish I had nothing to say on the nature of loss, but I do. Because one ordinary day, I encouraged my two kids to play in the rain. And only one came back.' –Anna Whiston-Donaldson

January 24, 2014

If You Read One Graphic Memoir This Year: Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half

How did I end up downloading Hyperbole and a Half, the graphic memoir by Allie Brosh? Let me tell you ...

December 5, 2013

The Affairs of Others: You’ve Always Wondered, Right?

Admit it: You have an internal curiosity about your neighbors, whether those neighbors live in the same building or down the street. We all wonder and speculate, whether we voice it or not.

September 30, 2013

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Take a dystopian book, a fantasy book, and a coming-of-age/new adult novel, throw them in a blender, and The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon will emerge.

September 19, 2013

The Twins by Saskia Sarginson: A Deeply Different Debut

'Isolte knows that hurting your twin is worse than hurting yourself.'

July 18, 2013

The 3 Musts of a Dan Brown Novel

With the release of Dan Brown’s latest Robert Langdon novel, Inferno, our reader went in looking for three key components.

June 10, 2013

Khaled Hosseini's And the Mountains Echoed: Continuing the Literary Tradition of Love

Oh, the trepidation that courses through me as I write this. As I thought about writing it. How does one approach reviewing a book, as well as an author, that she loves? A book so beautifully written that I want everyone to read it; I want you all to have that experience of reading something so good that you don’t want it to end, that you don’t want to put down.

March 10, 2013

The Little Prince: 70 Years of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's Cherished Classic

The year 2013 marks the seventieth anniversary of The Little Prince, whose intrigue and delightfulness are due both to its wonderful story and illustrations, and to the fascinating life of its author.

February 24, 2013

A Teen Novel That Runs Deep: Elizabeth Laban’s The Tragedy Paper

Though some YA reading may simply serve as a guilty pleasure for adults, there is a vast oeuvre of Teen literature that isn’t just fluff or an escape. Elizabeth Laban’s The Tragedy Paper is a book that falls into this deeper sort.

May 1, 2012

Not What You'd Expect From a Novel of New Marriage: Nell Freudenberger's The Newlyweds

Freudenberger's latest isn't your typical fairy-tale of the honeymoon phase of marriage. In fact, it's world's away from that.

April 8, 2012

A Story of Extraordinary: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Meet Auggie. He is about to start fifth grade at Beecher Prep. Unlike me, though, Auggie has never been to school before; he was homeschooled by his mom. The reason for homeschooling was not a philosophical one; Auggie does not look 'normal.' As he says, 'I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'

March 17, 2012

17 Reads to Celebrate the Irish in All of Us

Once a year, we're all at least a little bit Irish ... So whether you're looking for Irish history, historical fiction, or just a great Irish setting, we have a wonderful book to recommend for you!

March 7, 2012

A Timeless Formula: Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point

The Tipping Point was first published in 2000, before Facebook or Twitter. But it is still as relevant now as it was at the turn of the millennium.

January 26, 2012

How to Read Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace in 5 Easy Steps

Is it worth it? What’s it actually about? Here are a few recommendations for those on the fence about whether or not they should read what may be the most famous Russian novel.

January 24, 2012

Susan Cain’s Quiet Speaks Volumes on Introverts in Our Noisy World

Whether it’s neurology or psychology, when an author can take science and research and present it in a manner that is interesting and entertaining without becoming laden with technical terms, I eat it up. Quiet by Susan Cain is just that type of book.