Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s whirlwind life is legendary. She was the It Girl of the 1920s; he was the brilliant writer¹ who burst onto the literary scene with This Side of Paradise and later produced The Great Gatsby. In Therese Anne Fowler’s fictionalized account, however, readers meet Zelda Sayre when she’s seventeen and stillContinue reading “Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald”

The Last Good Paradise

Years of hard work are about to pay off for Richard and Ann. Richard is a chef who’s just weeks away from opening his own restaurant in Los Angeles with his business partner, Javi, a hotshot chef with a flair for culinary experimentation. Ann is also on the brink of professional success. She’s a cutthroatContinue reading “The Last Good Paradise”

Betsy Ross and the Making of America

For centuries, little has been known about Betsy Ross’s actual life, but she’s been an American icon almost from the beginning: as legend has it, she’s the woman who created the first American flag. Yet considering the myth-like role in the American Revolution, it’s shocking to realize that no biography had ever been published aboutContinue reading “Betsy Ross and the Making of America”

Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation

When Flow came out a couple of years ago, I couldn’t wait to read it. I love cultural histories and the book itself is aesthetically pleasing, with loads of vintage ads for feminine hygiene products gracing its glossy pages. The authors take you back in time — sometimes way back, circa Hippocrates and Co. — andContinue reading “Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation”