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.

November 15, 2014

Setting the Standard: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Fifty-five years after the grusome murders at the heart of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, the book remains the standard in the field of narrative nonfiction - and with good reason.

October 21, 2014

The Unexpected from John Grisham: Gray Mountain

Those who think they know what to expect from the latest Grisham may be in for a little bit of a surprise with Gray Mountain.

October 13, 2014

A Striking Debut Novel: Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You

Debuts can be tricky for a reader as they’re an investment of time and money in the unknown. Celeste Ng's debut novel is worth that investment and more.

October 9, 2014

Writ Large: Jessie Burton's Debut Novel, The Miniaturist

In this thrilling debut, Jessie Burton has crafted an immersive, engaging world.

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.'