Book Reviews

Reparative Reading & Recent Reads

Reparative Reading & Recent Reads

Spending a lot of required time on classic literature and literary theory, contemporary fiction and recent releases have become my literary haven. I turn to them when I need to cleanse my mind, when I need a break, and maybe most importantly of all, when […]

Eliza and Rory Review M.L. Rio’s ‘If We Were Villains’… with texts!

Eliza and Rory Review M.L. Rio’s ‘If We Were Villains’… with texts!

Enter the players. There were seven of us then, seven bright young things with wide precious futures ahead of us. Until that year, we saw no further than the books in front of our faces. We, here at The Attic on Eighth, love a good […]

The Namesake and Me

The Namesake and Me

I have a tattoo on my left ribcage; it is made up of four lines, drawn to look like the silhouette of a small house, but without a line sealing it at the bottom. To me, it signifies that home is an open-ended concept, one […]

What Diantha Did and What Olivia Thought

What Diantha Did and What Olivia Thought

“I’m reading about a novel about a 1910 Martha Stewart!” I told Home & Family Editor Lee last week and then promised her I would share my read, What Diantha Did, with all of you.  Working on early twentieth century women’s fiction, I read a lot of […]

Rory Connects to Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Other Words

Rory Connects to Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Other Words

There are some books that change your life, that stay with you after the last page. We have all heard this, it’s an old adage. There is a very good chance that all of us has experienced it. However, you do not necessarily expect it […]

Olivia Reads M.F.K. Fisher’s The Theoretical Foot

Olivia Reads M.F.K. Fisher’s The Theoretical Foot

M.F.K. Fisher is predominantly known as a food writer. She wrote over twenty-five books in her lifetime, including Consider the Oyster and The Art of Eating. Though she wrote very little fiction and published only one novel in her lifetime, Not Now But Now, W.H. […]

Olivia Tackles Elif Batuman’s The Idiot

Olivia Tackles Elif Batuman’s The Idiot

Picking up Elif Batuman’s The Idiot, I had two motivations: one, I knew that I liked Batuman’s writing because of the 2010 The Possessed; two, I knew that Batuman was a Turkish-American writer who wrote for The New Yorker. Being Turkish-American myself and having been […]