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.

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.

April 13, 2015

New from Lisa Genova, Author of Still Alice: Inside the O'Briens

Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice, brings her medical expertise to her latest novel, Inside the O'Briens.

March 31, 2015

New Fiction from the Author of Water for Elephants

Sara Gruen’s new novel, At the Water’s Edge, brings us to the shores of Scotland during WWII, where three society snobs are brought back to earth.

March 24, 2015

An Emotional Ride: Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

There are many reasons we read fiction. Sometimes, we just want an escape. Sometimes we want to learn. Sometimes we want to laugh. And sometimes, it is to have a glimpse into someone else’s human condition.

March 23, 2015

The Nightingale: Kristin Hannah's Tale of Love and Family in WWII

World War II has millions of stories to tell and to inspire, with many still unwritten. Kristin Hannah has already proven herself as a bestselling author with a huge fan base for her novels, books about families, friendship, and love. When you bring the two together, the result is powerful.

March 18, 2015

Who You Are and What You Do: Better than Before, by Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is back with Better Than Before, another tool in your arsenal of how to live more productively and efficiently.

March 10, 2015

History Brought to Life: Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Step back in time once again with Erik Larson, whose retelling of the Lusitania disaster is anything but dry.

March 5, 2015

Nick Hornby's Latest Novel Is Here: Funny Girl

London in the 1960s was experiencing the same changes our country across the pond was seeing: movement in civil rights, the advancement of women’s rights, and plenty of rock ‘n’ roll. Against this backdrop, Nick Hornby sets his latest novel.

February 23, 2015

The Teacher's Life: The Half Brother by Holly LeCraw

Prep school novels are their own category of books, and they always seem to enthrall people, exposing to them a side of life that many don’t experience.

February 13, 2015

Human Stories: The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward

While addressing immigration – a divisive topic in today’s news – this latest story from Amanda Eyre Ward remains entirely human and touching.