The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (and passionfruit cupcakes as bold as Evelyn’s love)

The book: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Reid Jenkins. I recently binge-read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Reid Jenkins. The novel is about the (fictional) former Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo who, after several decades out of the limelight, sits down with journalist Monique Grant for a tell-all interview. Through the stories that Evelyn tells … Continue reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (and passionfruit cupcakes as bold as Evelyn’s love)

The Dreamers (plus, a dreamy chocolate-cherry-almond bread)

The book: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker. As my personal life gets busier, I find myself wanting to read only binge-worthy fiction novels that offer me the chance to stop thinking about stressful realities and escape into a different universe. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker was the perfect book for that. The premise of the … Continue reading The Dreamers (plus, a dreamy chocolate-cherry-almond bread)

The Incendiaries (a novel about a relationship gone wrong, and my story of apricot bread gone right)

The book: The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon. Last week I read The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon. The novel is the (fictional) account of a college student, Will Kendall, trying to understand how his ex-girlfriend became deeply involved in a pro-life cult. The story is primarily told from Will's perspective, although he also tries to imagine … Continue reading The Incendiaries (a novel about a relationship gone wrong, and my story of apricot bread gone right)

nîtisânak (a memoir that I can’t stop thinking about, and that inspired me to bake poppy seed muffins)

The book: nîtisânak by Lindsay Nixon. nîtisânak is Lindsay Nixon's memoir about growing up native and queer in the Canadian prairie. It is a book that covers many issues, including identity, family, oppression, and truth. nîtisânak also utilizes many forms of writing, including narrative, poetry, and even illustration. nîtisânak was unlike anything I've read before. … Continue reading nîtisânak (a memoir that I can’t stop thinking about, and that inspired me to bake poppy seed muffins)

(Valentine’s Day cheesecake with) Less

The book: Less by Andrew Sean Greer. It is almost Valentine's Day, and I recently finished a seasonally appropriate novel to celebrate. Less is the story of Arthur Less, a middle-aged writer who plans a spontaneous trip around the world to avoid his ex-lover's wedding. He travels to New York, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Morocco, India, and … Continue reading (Valentine’s Day cheesecake with) Less

Who Is Vera Kelly? (and adventures in Argentinian cooking)

The book: Who is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht. One of my reading goals for 2019 is to broaden what I read, specifically by reading more books by women, people of color, and/or queer authors - and to read books featuring non-white and queer characters. Who is Vera Kelly? is my first read of 2019 that I found by actively searching … Continue reading Who Is Vera Kelly? (and adventures in Argentinian cooking)

Outliers (a blog post about successful people and successful bakes)

The book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Outliers is Malcolm Gladwell's collection of essays about our culture's misunderstanding of success. The thesis of this book is that people don't become outliers (superstars, success stories, etc) just because they are more hard-working or inherently more outstanding than others. Instead, he argues, success is the result of many … Continue reading Outliers (a blog post about successful people and successful bakes)

My Year of Rest and Relaxation (and coffee and kahlua)

The book: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. I recently read My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. I had seen it on a bunch of lists at the end of 2018, but I wasn't sure if it would be my cup of tea. I later saw it at my local bookshop, though, and I felt as though I couldn't … Continue reading My Year of Rest and Relaxation (and coffee and kahlua)

Spineless (a book about jellyfish and blog post about jelly cookies)

The book: Spineless by Juli Berwald. After a crazy two weeks of holiday festivities (and then another week of recovery from post-holiday fatigue), I finally finished reading Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone. This non-fiction book follows author Juli Berwald's quest to answer the question: how will global warming impact jellyfish populations? The book is a neat compilation of jellyfish research, but … Continue reading Spineless (a book about jellyfish and blog post about jelly cookies)

Welcome to Night Vale (mostly void, partially stars) (yes this post is also about cake)

The book: Welcome to Night Vale. Last week I read Welcome to Night Vale, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor's fiction/mystery/fantasy novel inspired by their hit podcast of the same name. The book follows the independent lives of two Night Vale women: Jackie Fierro, a 19-year-old owner of the town's pawnshop who has been stuck at age 19 … Continue reading Welcome to Night Vale (mostly void, partially stars) (yes this post is also about cake)