from my bookshelf: the lost vintage by ann mah

papercut kate travels from san francisco to france to visit the vineyard that has been in her family for generations to visit her loved ones and to prepare for her upcoming wine master exam. she plans for the trip to be a quick and focused one. instead, a secret about kate’s family history from world…

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from my bookshelf: the most powerful woman in the room is you by lydia fenet

papercut the most powerful woman in the room is you gave me the wake up call i needed. once i started reading it, i woke up a little earlier, had a spring in my step, and felt reenergized about my career path (and gave me peace about not knowing exactly what my career path may look…

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from my bookshelf: euphoria by lily king

papercut euphoria is inspired by the life of american cultural anthropologist, margaret mead. the story is about three anthropologists in the 1930s: one couple (nell and fen) and a single man, bankson. when the characters’ stories collide, a love triangle quickly ensues and bleeds into their work. the observations that the main characters have of the…

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from my bookshelf: my year of rest and relaxation by ottessa moshfegh

papercut this book reminds me of a modern day relative of sylvia plath’s the bell jar. and like the bell jar, it’s not exactly a feel good story. but the writing is divine. i could not put this book down, even though it was difficult to read. the narrator is in her 20s. she has recently lost…

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from my bookshelf: kitchen confidential by anthony bourdain

papercut kitchen confidential is a gorgeous story about anthony bourdain’s experiences in childhood, chef school, and beyond. in typical bourdain fashion, it’s smart, funny, and painful. on a lighter note, it also includes great tips for those of us who aren’t professional chefs, but hope to up our cooking game at home. dogears “I had had…

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from my bookshelf: i heard you paint houses by charles brandt

papercut i heard you paint houses is a fascinating nonfiction account of frank sheeran’s testimony to author charles brandt about the killing of jimmy hoffa, joey gallo, and JFK, among other events linked to the mob. this book is nearly impossible to put down; charles brandt does a deep dive into some of the greatest mysteries…

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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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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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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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