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: 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: 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: summer crossing by truman capote

papercut summer crossing is truman capote’s first novel. it was published posthumously by capote’s attorney after the manuscript was discovered. none of capote’s trusted confidantes knew about the manuscript and his representatives struggled with the decision to publish it, as they were unsure about capote’s feelings on it before he died. in the book, the main…

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from my bookshelf: the bell jar by sylvia plath

papercut esther greenwood is a young woman working in new york city, going through typical challenges: deciding which career path she wants to take, which types of friends she wants to have, which type of man (if any) will satisfy her desires, and whether she wants to get married and start a family. esther suffers…

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