"Gilding the Lily" is a domestic drama full of secrets, lies and plenty of arguments too. I had a couple of niggles, but in general found this to be enjoyable story with unexpected ending.
It's my stop on the "The Weighing of the Heart" blog tour! This is a cleverly constructed story that I'd highly recommend. It's difficult to review a book like this without giving too much away, but there's art, romance, a little bit of comedy, some drama and most importantly a crime. 5 stars!
A satirical look into the fashion world, "I'll Eat When I'm Dead" explores the pressures faced by those in the industry while investigating a couple of deaths and throwing in a little bit of comedy too. I didn't love it and not being the most fashionable person, I didn't understand it all, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It's 3 stars from me.
"Sympathy" was not for me. It's 1 star for a book that I just didn't enjoy and didn't really understand. I feel somewhat cheated as I'm not really sure that I've read the book that's described on the cover, but rather something a lot duller and certainly not my cup of tea.
I'm giving "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" 1 star, but not because it's bad or poorly written but mostly because I just didn't understand it.
Full of poignant moments, "My Name is Lucy Barton" is a story of few words but one full of meaning. Lucy is looking back at her life and the people who have helped shape it. It's realistic and it's honest. I'm scoring my first Elizabeth Strout book 4 shiny stars!
I loved New York but the same can be said for "Gone to New York". The facts and figures can't rescue a boring topic. After the first try I just didn't want to pick this up on my morning commute for the rest of the week but powered through. I'm giving Ian Frazier's essays just 1 star.
This book isn't going to stick in your mind forever, but I'm not sure it needs to. As a collection of short accounts, The New York Times have put together and interesting peek into the city over the years. Now it's time to explore the city for myself...