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.

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.

January 20, 2015

Your Next All-nighter: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train is a masterful debut psychological thrill ride.

January 8, 2015

Lies We Tell Ourselves: 'Big Little Lies' by Liane Moriarty

Moriarty's latest literary endeavor is a solid blend of wit, mystery, and believable but complex characters. The result is a whodunit that begs to be devoured in one long, enjoyable sitting.

December 30, 2014

Love, Jealousy, and Anthropology: Euphoria by Lily King

Set in the 1930s, between two World Wars, Lily King’s Euphoria is a quiet yet powerful stroll through a time and place that many of us will never know.

December 23, 2014

5 Great Nonfiction Reads to Close 2014

Looking to beef up the nonfiction pile on your nightstand? Check out these five great reads from the past year to start.

December 18, 2014

5 Fabulous and Fictional Fireplace Reads

Winter is such a great time to read. We always hear about beach reads, but what about fireplace reads? Here are five such books that are perfect for such an occasion.

December 10, 2014

Find the Season's Meaning: The 13th Gift by Joanne Huist Smith

As recounted in her book, The 13th Gift, December, 1999, was anything but happy for Joanne Huist Smith. She of numerous Santa figurines and the perfect tree. Three wonderful children. No – just two months after her too-young-to-die husband’s death, she wanted nothing to do with Christmas.

November 30, 2014

A Holiday YA Escape: Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle

Holiday reads always end happy and cheery and bring forth the holiday spirit in some way. So get to it with Let It Snow!

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 ...