Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach Book Review

Manhattan Beach Book Review

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan follows Anna, a young woman, on her path to self discovery in New York City during WWII. If this sounds similar to the plot of every third book available at your average Barnes and Noble, you’d be fairly astute.

There’s a mob boss, night clubs and champagne, a ‘modern’ friend with loose morals, a strained relationship with a missing father, the unbridled love of New York over every other place on earth and your usual white female empowerment storyline.

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The Elegance of a Hedgehog

The Elegance of a Hedgehog Book Review

The Elegance of a Hedgehog Book Review

The Elegance of a Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery is a philosophical meditation on life, beauty and happiness, led by a 12 year-old girl. From the outset we know that our protagonist, Paloma, is smarter than everyone else she knows (because she confesses this to the reader), and is underwhelmed by what her life is, living in an upscale building and the daughter of a political leader. She is determined to find beauty in her life before her 13th birthday, and to keep her intelligence muffled as to fly under everyone’s radar.

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