Naina Sharma

About Naina Sharma

Naina Sharma has been a bookworm from the very beginning, but was always particularly drawn to fantasy and historical fiction. Her tastes have since expanded to include nonfiction, particularly memoirs and historical nonfiction, but she will always have a soft spot for the more magical and surreal.

April 9, 2014

10 Lessons from a Co-Star, Courtesy of Judy Greer

The top 10 things that you learn from being the most recognizable co-star in Hollywood, from Judy Greer's memoir I Don’t Know What You Know Me From.

December 18, 2013

The Quest for Perfection: Wonder Women by Debora L. Spar

With her new book, 'Wonder Women,' Debora Spar is the latest in a string of women leaders, like Sheryl Sandberg and Anne-Marie Slaughter, trying to tackle the challenges facing women today.

August 23, 2013

How to Appreciate Food: Michael Pollan’s Cooked

Michael Pollan’s newest book delves into the age-old dualities of nature/culture and raw/cooked by examining four recipes through the four elements in this absorbing and appetizing read.

August 2, 2013

Mantras, Gurus, and Karma: Philip Goldberg’s American Veda

American Veda is a fascinating look at the ways in which Indian spirituality has permeated the American conscious for more than 200 years.

July 8, 2013

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker: An Enchanting and Rich Debut

Helene Wecker’s debut novel, The Golem and the Jinni, is an enchanting and historically rich tale of the New York immigrant experience, the mythical traditions of the Middle East, and the power of freedom.

April 25, 2013

Swallowing the World: Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children

What are the chances that a book you start reading on assignment without much enthusiasm or desire will be the book that blows your mind? In this case, pretty high.

March 29, 2013

An Act of Literary Magic: Amy Tan’s Opposite of Fate

Everyone has that one book that instantly becomes a favorite from the first page, the one that makes them feel every emotion, from laughter to tears, intensely, and that leaves them with the urge to reread from the minute the last page is finished. And if one is particularly lucky, one might also get his or her hands on the author of that book's memoir.

November 10, 2012

8 Lessons for Living Like a Rock Star, Courtesy of Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart is a music legend, and true to form, here is his larger-than-life autobiography in which he bares every sex, drugs, and rock and roll moment he has had both on and off the stage.

November 1, 2012

Shucking the History of New York City: Mark Kurlansky's The Big Oyster

In this pearl of a book, food historian Mark Kurlansky informs and delights with an enthralling look at the history of New York City through the storied past of a most succulent mollusk -- the oyster.

October 3, 2012

Salman Rushdie's Breathtaking New Memoir, Joseph Anton: Without Words, What is Life?

In his long-anticipated memoir, Salman Rushdie finally tells his story, fatwa and all. More than just a living history, however, Joseph Anton is also an ode to freedom and the art of the word.

September 27, 2012

P. D. James Meets Jane Austen in Death Comes to Pemberley

In a collision of literary brilliance, mystery writer P. D. James takes inspiration from Jane Austen and creates a crime thriller involving Austen's beloved characters. Follow Elizabeth and Darcy after Austen's novel left off, as only James can thrillingly imagine.

August 3, 2012

Francesca Segal's The Innocents: A New Spin on the Classic The Age of Innocence

You've read and loved Wharton's The Age of Innocence ... now Francesca Segal makes her debut with The Innocents, a modern retelling of the classic that is uniquely her own.

July 29, 2012

Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instrument Series: Teenage Urban Fantasy Done Right

Cassandra Clare's addictive young adult fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments, is unusual, partly because it's set in New York City but also because the mythological characters and teen love story are so believable.

June 1, 2012

Worth All the Hype: Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's

Longings for a more constructed story than the movie drew this reader to Truman Capote's original novella, later adapted by Blake Edwards for the silver screen.

May 24, 2012

Humanizing Hamilton's Killer: Henry W. Brands' The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr

Aaron Burr has gone down in history as the American villain: the man who killed the beloved Alexander Hamilton in a petty duel, and cost the country one of its founding fathers. Henry W. Brands' The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr paints a picture of a softer and more sympathetic Burr, a devoted father and early feminist who, with an ill-fated bullet, became the man America loved to hate.