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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where i went: san francisco

required reading: cool grey city of love: 49 views of san francisco by gary kamiya  where i ate & drank: revelry bistro – an intimate and cozy french bistro. the wine and charcuterie plate was just what i needed after a long flight. blue bottle coffee shop – the cold brew was the perfect jolt i…

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from my bookshelf: text me when you get home by kayleen schaefer

papercut text me when you get home is a non-fiction work filled with anecdotes and research focused on modern female friendship. schaefer made me think about difficult topics: do i welcome females into my life easily? do i trust them? do i prevent or perpetuate stereotypes about female friendships? reading this book made me hyper-aware of…

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from my bookshelf: the immortal life of henrietta lacks by rebecca skloot

papercut the immortal life of henrietta lacks is academic and non-fiction to its core, but reads like a fiction novel. the story is about henrietta lacks, a patient at johns hopkins in baltimore in the 1950s. cells taken from henrietta for research ended up becoming known as “”HeLa” and became a crucial part of scientific and…

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essay: reading reflections

reading about reading has helped me to avoid becoming a passive or complacent reader; it has encouraged me to continue to push myself to be a better reader, one that absorbs as much information and meaning from books as possible. below are a few of my favorite articles on the topic: What Does Immersing yourself…

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from my bookshelf: and the mountains echoed by khaled hosseini

papercut and the mountains echoed tracks a family over the course of multiple generations. it is afghan-american author khaled hosseini’s third novel after the kite runner and a thousand splendid suns. the story’s core is the close bond between two siblings, abdullah and pari, who are tragically separated from each other when they are very young. the plot quickly…

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