The Story Hour

After being introduced to Thrity Umrigar via her last novel, The World We Found, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her latest book (neither could my mom, who promptly swiped my copy). The Story Hour hooks you from the beginning. Lakshmi, an uneducated immigrant woman from Indian who’s trapped in a loveless marriage,Continue reading “The Story Hour”

The Good Luck of Right Now

Bartholomew Neil is thirty-eight years old and has lived with his mother his entire life. She recently passed away after a battle with brain cancer, and now Bartholomew faces life alone. He’s never had a job, and he probably falls somewhere on the autism spectrum. He spends his days at the library, harboring a longtimeContinue reading “The Good Luck of Right Now”

The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines

Like many of Shohreh Aghdashloo’s non-Iranian fans, I first became aware of her in 2003 when House of Sand and Fog was released. Her performance garnered a well-deserved Academy Award nomination, and she’s been working steadily in Hollywood ever since. But before being cast in House of Sand and Fog, Aghdashloo was already a belovedContinue reading “The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines”

Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland

Women’s History Month giveaway: Win a copy of this book! Diana Dalziel was born in 1903 to a life of extreme privilege. With a wealthy father and a mother who had deep roots in New York society circles, Diana could have easily chosen to marry well and settle into the life of a well-kept societyContinue reading “Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland”