from my bookshelf: normal people by sally rooney

papercut the main characters of normal people, marianne and connell, represent themes like socioeconomic status, family, friendship, and young love. they take turns loving each other, hurting each other, and searching for themselves as they evolve from high schoolers to college students to adults. the plot itself can seem simple, but sally rooney makes the reader…

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from my bookshelf: daisy jones & the six by taylor jenkins reid

papercut daisy jones & the six is a fictional story about a 1970s rock band. it reads like a series of interviews, jumping from one band member to the next. it feels very much like a nonfiction narrative. each character has their own struggles and experiences, which all collide as they work together to create…

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where i went: new orleans

where i stayed  the roosevelt hotel air bnb fun things i’ve done in NOLA  mardi gras (!) walked along the MS river and through the french quarter went on a carriage ride ghost tour through the french quarter went for a long and leisurely walk through audobon park where i eat & drink josephine estelle:…

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bookstore to remember: parnassus books

parnassus books is an independent bookstore in the green hills area of nashville and is co-owned by author ann patchett. inside, there were new releases and classics alike. i loved that the store had a piano and a store pup (based on their website, they actually have two store pups!) parnassus seems like it has…

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from my bookshelf: queenie by candice carty-williams

papercut queenie (yes, that’s her real name, and you better not ask her if it is) is 26 years old. when the love of her life wants to take what she understands to be a “break,” sh*t hits the fan. she experiences severe anxiety and panic attacks, turns to shallow attention from men who do…

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bookstore to remember: city lights books

city lights bookstore is on columbus ave at broadway in san francisco. it was founded in 1953 by poet lawrence ferlinghetti and peter d. martin. the rebellious and smart edge of the beatniks can still be felt in the store’s ambiance today. city lights was the united states’ first all-paperback bookstore. it has everything you…

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bookstore to remember: the booksmith

the booksmith is in san francisco’s haight-ashbury neighborhood and owned by christin evans and her husband, praveen madan. it is right across from zam zam, one of my favorite bars that i went to on my last trip there. the staff at the booksmith were very friendly and helpful. while there, i grabbed truman capote by george…

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from my bookshelf: cool gray city of love by gary kamiya

papercut gary kimya describes san francisco’s past, present, and future in vivid detail, peppered with personal anecdotes. i love the way he hones in on different particular neighborhoods and individuals which make up san francisco. it gives a tourist like me hope that someday i can learn the city better and absorb even just a…

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