Fashion Friday: Americanah

Fashion Friday: Americanah

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Knopf, May 2013
477 pages, 5 stars

About the Book: As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.Goodreads.com

This novel is an extremely insightful and nuanced view of race in America and of how that affects relationships of all kinds. Told mostly from a Nigerian woman’s perspective (that of Ifemelu, but also Adichie herself), the story dissects race relations from an outsider’s point of view—paying attention to how African-Americans are treated differently by white people than Africans, and also how African-Americans treat Africans and vice versa.

The love story aspect of Americanah is very true to life. You all probably know how much I love romance novels, which often don’t have the weight of reality. But Obinze and Ifemelu have an intense relationship that spans decades and yet also incorporates years of silence, hurt feelings, other relationships (a marriage even), which makes it that much more real and that much more beautiful.

I’ve heard that there may be a movie made from this book, and I will be first in line!

Fashion Friday: My dear Ifem, welcome to the East Coast. The summers aren’t nearly as hot as in Nigeria, but because of the frigid winters your tolerance for heat has lessened. This cotton maxi dress will keep you cool and hug all the right curves.

These African turquoise earrings remind you of home, which inevitably reminds you of Obinze and the lazy afternoons when he became Ceiling. This deep red lipstick is a much better match for your skin than what is advertised as “great for all skin tones” (meaning shades of white) in mainstream magazines.

After a horrible incident with perming your hair, you decide to go completely natural—to the dismay of hairstylists, friends, and family. Coconut oil is a great natural hair moisturizer, though you may use many others, this is one of your favorites. You buy organic because of Blaine, your intellectual American boyfriend, who loves eating kale and quinoa and shopping at farmers markets. Before bed you cover your hair with this patterned, silk scarf to prevent breakage and to lock in moisture.

Slip these sandals on and enjoy the summer because you know you are not here to stay.

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Fashion Friday: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Fashion Friday: We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Harper Perennial, 2006
400 pages, 4 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: We Need to Talk About Kevin is a novel of letters written by a woman to her estranged spouse. Eva writes about how she met Franklin, how they fell in love, and how he started to pressure her into having a family. Eva didn’t want to be a mother, and when her son was born she felt like there was something off about him (the book doesn’t say that she suffers from maternal mental illness, but it seems likely). Franklin was blind to Kevin’s strange behaviors because he was so excited to have a son. So when Kevin murders seven classmates, a school teacher, and cafeteria worker, Eva has to try to make sense of the tragedy and come to terms with her role in it.

This book is well written, but a little too academic in parts. I have a hard time understanding authors who think “more is more” when it comes to writing. Anyway, the story is incredible. I felt very connected to the main character even though there were times that I thought she was horrible. She’s contradictory and passionate (maybe about the wrong things), and Kevin uses all of this against her to make her feel small and stupid.

We Need to Talk About Kevin is a fascinating look at the other side of a tragedy—how a mass murderer’s actions affect his family and how his family contributed (or failed to stop) to his actions.

FASHION FRIDAY: Since you no longer have your travel writing company, you have no use for those stuffy business suits. So, throw on these jean shorts and sandals for your visit to the penitentiary. Kevin will not be glad to see you, but that’s not why you go. You go for answers that he won’t or doesn’t know how to give.

You wear these sunglasses around town so people won’t recognize you as the mother of a mass murderer. You constantly feel blamed for Kevin’s behavior, this tank top declares what you really think. You aren’t a bitch, you were made to do something you didn’t want to and because of it you have a low tolerance for BS.

This necklace, the arrow and crossbow, are a brand that you carry around since Kevin methodically killed nine people. Even if someone doesn’t recognize you, the second they hear your name, they know you are THE mother.

When you’re home alone and miss your husband, slip into one of his over-sized plaid shirts and warm yourself with the memory of his pure Americanness—something still so strange to you, yet alluring.

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Fashion Friday: The Girl in the Road

The Girl in the Road

The Girl in the Road by natalieeramm featuring a snake ring

The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne
Crown Publishing (May 2014)
336 pages, 3 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Meena, a young woman living in a futuristic Mumbai, wakes up with five snake bites on her chest. She doesn’t know how or why, but she must flee India and return to Ethiopia, the place of her birth. Having long heard about The Trail-an energy-harvesting bridge that spans the Arabian Sea-she embarks on foot on this forbidden bridge, with its own subculture and rules. What awaits her in Ethiopia is unclear; she’s hoping the journey will illuminate it for her.

Mariama, a girl from a different time, is on a quest of her own. After witnessing her mother’s rape, she joins up with a caravan of strangers heading across Saharan Africa. She meets Yemaya, a beautiful and enigmatic woman who becomes her protector and confidante. Yemaya tells Mariama of Ethiopia, where revolution is brewing and life will be better. Mariama hopes against hope that it offers much more than Yemaya ever promised.

As one heads east and the other west, Meena and Mariama’s fates will entwine in ways that are profoundly moving and shocking to the core.Goodreads.com

I really enjoyed The Girl in the Road! One thing I loved about it is that it’s not your typical heterosexual romance gone wrong story. Also, the writer has some creative ideas for the future of reproductive health. My main problem with the book was that it was a Netgalley copy and the formatting made it difficult to read. I think if I had real Kindle version, I would have enjoyed it a lot more and given it more stars.

FASHION FRIDAY: My dear little Trail-blazer, squeeze into these black pants, which look wet like you’ve been swimming, or perhaps falling off the Trail. Pair them with these black lace up boots. You’ll be camouflage at night when you travel, which is a good thing because what you’re doing is very illegal.

This white t-shirt keeps you cool during the scorching daylight hours and covers up those snake bites that dot your chest, which are a constant reminder of your lover in Mumbai. Your heart is still with her lifeless body, and this elbow patched sweater shows that to the world because you don’t voice emotion well/ever.

This snakeskin bag (which I don’t actually like, but it matches the cover so perfectly!) holds your floating pod and all the necessary items for when you have to sink into the ocean to avoid storms and other people. In that pod you might as well be in your own world. In fact, on the trail you are in your own world.

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FASHION FRIDAY: Incendiary Girls

FASHION FRIDAY: Incendiary Girls

FASHION FRIDAY: Incendiary Girls by natalieeramm featuring beige pants
Slim shirt / Le breve belted jacket, $25 / Patrizia Pepe beige pants, $180 / Frye tan knee high boots / Alexander McQueen hinged bangle, $255 / Oasis leopard print scarve, $25

The Incendiary Girls by Kodi Scheer
Little A, 2014
192 pages, 3 stars

About the Book: “Incendiary Girls” explores our baser instincts with vivid imagination and humor. In these stories, our bodies become strange and unfamiliar terrain, a medium for transformation. In ?Fundamental Laws of Nature, ? a doctor considers her legacy, both good and bad, when she discovers that her mother has been reincarnated as a thoroughbred mare. In the title story, a mischievous angel chronicles the remarkable life of a girl just beyond death’s reach. –Goodreads.com

This book of short stories was very different and entertaining, but a lot of the same literary themes were used in the stories. I understand coherency of a short story collection, but not to the point that it gets tiresome. I think of all of the stories I liked the one about the girl and her camel boyfriend best (along with the angel of death story), which is why it was the main inspiration for this Fashion Friday!

Fashion Friday: My dear little human, squeeze into these camel colored riding pants. They make you nostalgic for the boyfriend who spit and shit on your floors. Pull these black leather boots on to complete the I-just-jumped-off-a-horse look because you did. You’re convinced that your dead mother has been reincarnated as a mare and you will tame her if it’s the last thing you do.

Button this hot pink shirt up all the way, perhaps it will hide your distress over the lump you recently found. This animal print scarf is a bougie accent that pulls together your look, like the animal themes in the collection.

Your white coat is for when you’re saving lives as one kind of doctor or another. And this cuff with skulls is for when you’re shadowing a young girl throughout her life just waiting to snatch the breath from her.

Scheer (c) Myra Klarman_for galleysAbout Kodi Scheer

Kodi Scheer teaches writing at the University of Michigan.  For her work as a writer-in-residence at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, she was awarded the Dzanc Prize for Excellence in Literary Fiction and Community Service.  Her stories have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Iowa review, and other publications.

Kodi Scher’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, April 8th:  Bibliophiliac

Wednesday, April 9th:  Bound by Words

Thursday, April 10th:  Book Snob

Friday, April 11th:  50 Books Project

Monday, April 14th:  The Things You Can Read

Tuesday, April 15th:  Patricia’s Wisdom

Wednesday, April 16th:  Booksie’s Blog

Thursday, April 17th:  Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Friday, April 18th:  Books are the New Black

Monday, April 21st:  What She Read

Tuesday, April 22nd:  Bookish Ardour

Wednesday, April 23rd:  No More Grumpy Bookseller

Thursday, April 24th:  Jorie Loves a Story

Monday, April 28th:  Guiltless Reading

Wednesday, April 30th:  The Written World

Thursday, May 1st:  The Scarlet Letter

Tuesday, May 6th:  Savvy Verse and Wit

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Fashion Friday Fail

Here are two books that I’ve either tried and failed to make into Fashion Friday posts, or just had no hope in the first place. Because it’s Friday and things aren’t always perfect (especially not in fashion), here are a couple Fashion Friday Fails for your viewing pleasure…

Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings
Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
Quirk Books (2013)
288 pages, 3.5 stars

Princesses Behaving Badly offers minibiographies of all these princesses and dozens more. It’s a fascinating read for history buffs, feminists, and anyone seeking a different kind of bedtime story. –Goodreads.com

I’m not a huge history buff or even a big non-fiction reader, but I enjoyed this book for some obvious reasons (feminism), and other reasons like the sheer amount of information this book squeezes into its 288 pages. Many people could have made a book like this hundreds more pages, and yet I appreciate your brevity McRobbie.

Each chapter takes us to a different point in history where a woman is doing something she isn’t supposed to (those pesky females), and in between each chapter is a collection of extremely short stories about women whose history is less easy to come by. All of the stories are extremely interesting and I like McRobbie’s modern day feminist voice peaking through every now and then. I wish her writing had been a little more story-like, but I think I wish that about all non-fiction.

Check out my attempt to create a fashion friday for this book. It didn’t go so well…

Princesses Behaving Badly

Princesses Behaving Badly by natalieeramm featuring see through tops

GirlsLIkeUsGirls Like Us
Rachel Lloyd
Harper (2011)
277 pages, 4 stars

A deeply moving story by a survivor of the commercial sex industry who has devoted her career to activism and helping other young girls escape “the life”Goodreads.com

As you can probably surmise, this book is really depressing. However, it’s eye-opening and a very necessary book for people to read. It changed the way I think about the commercial sex industry (not that I had a ton of thoughts on it to begin with) and the women in it. Lloyd’s big take-away in this book is that women and girls in the commercial sex industry are not only being exploited, but are conditioned from an early age to accept and think they deserve abuse/to work in the industry. A 12-year-old girl is not a sex-worker. She is a commercially sexually exploited youth—a mouthful, I know.

Nonetheless, people tend to blame the victim, especially if the victim is a woman (or girl) of color. I think this is particularly interesting and distressing, because women of color (specifically black women in the US) are more sexualized than white women and thus bear the brunt of a much slut-shaming and victim-blaming. Add on top of that the discrimination in the legal system against people of color and there’s just a ton of shit for these women to wade through.

The one thing about this book that I thought could have been dialed back was the sensationalism. The stories Lloyd tells are horrific and rightfully so, but I didn’t see the utility in having so MANY personal stories of abuse. That could also just be my weak stomach. FYI this isn’t really for those with a weak stomach. This was a fascinating read on sexual politics and race relations in the US, but the cover just didn’t cut it for a fashion Friday. Can you imagine? The nineties is one decade no one wants to make a comeback!

Items in above photo:

AX Paris short lace dress
$67 – axparis.com

Vero Moda see through top
$18 – veromoda.com

Zalando green short skirt
$45 – zalando.co.uk

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FASHION FRIDAY: The Here and Now

FASHION FRIDAY: The Here and Now

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Delacorte Press, April 2014
288 pages, 3 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.  —Goodreads.com

This was an extremely quick read. Not only is it short, but the story is fast passed and sucks you in easily. My issues with this book really come from the ending, so if you haven’t read it, please beware of SPOILERS. I had some issues with how time traveling works in the book. How did Prenna’s dad get all that stuff in the locker? When she traveled she couldn’t take anything with her (not even clothes).

Also, Ethan’s emphasis and insistence on sex was annoying. I get it he’s a teenage boy, but he supposedly really likes her, right? So why is there so much pressure from him for a physical relationship? Why doesn’t he respect her reservations? And her desire for him doesn’t seem the same–it would have made sense if she too was like OMG I can’t keep my hands off this boy. But her connection to him is more cerebral, which plays into the stereotypes of teen boys and girls.

Overall I enjoyed this book because it was engrossing and quick. But I didn’t think it was as great as her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books.

FASHION FRIDAY: My dear little time traveler, the trip was rough and left you bruised and scratched. Don these dirty denim jeans which will make you feel like you’re from 2010. Pair them with these pink tennis shoes. They are exactly what you need for running from the “rules” and those who enforce them.

When you traveled something happened to your eyesight and so you wear these cute glasses. Sometimes you wonder if they are actually a surveillance mechanism—because your therapist has this creepy way of checking up on you after your conversations with your bestie.

This tank keeps you cool in the toasty summers that you know will only get hotter as the years progress. Global warming was one of the huge factors in the dismal future you come from, so you’re all about broadcasting education about climate change.

These little heart studs show your love for the stud (*wink wink*) Ethan. There’s just something about him that you love, maybe it’s his brains or his brawn or just fate? You’re not entirely sure. This watch helps you keep track of time, there’s only so much before the pivotal point where the world changes for better or for worse. And you must be there to ensure the better.

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Fashion Friday: THE OTHER TYPIST

THE OTHER TYPIST

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
Penguin Books (2014)
354 pages, 4 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: New York City, 1924: Rose Baker is an orphaned young woman working for her bread as a typist in a police precinct on the lower East Side. Every day Rose transcribes the confessions of the gangsters and murderers that pass through the precinct. While she may disapprove of the details, she prides herself on typing up the goriest of crimes without batting an eyelid.

But when the captivating Odalie begins work at the precinct Rose finds herself falling under the new typist’s spell. As do her bosses, the buttoned up Lieutenant Detective and the fatherly Sergeant. As the two girls’ friendship blossoms and they flit between the sparkling underworld of speakeasies by night, and their work at the precinct by day, it is not long before Rose’s fascination for her new colleague turns to obsession. But just who is the real Odalie, and how far will Rose go to find out? Goodreads.com

The Other Typist is an incredible, creepy story that sucks you in immediately. Rose is not by any means a loveable character. She’s an anti-feminist old-world prim prude (enough adjectives for you?). Odalie is the opposite of Rose and you wonder why on earth they are friends the entire time they are going to speakeasies and flashy parties like it’s The Great Gatsby. SPOILERS POSSIBLY: The entire book is foreboding and made me uneasy, because Rose is narrating from a mental hospital. And then good lord the ending! It’s so good. I really enjoyed how the author plays with Rose’s unreliability. The last paragraph was a total mindfuck. I’m still processing. For those of you who have read it, did Rose kill Teddy? I was under the impression that Odalie did it until that last paragraph.

FASHION FRIDAY: My dear little wall flower (Rose), you are plain as day typing away at your desk. These loafers are practical, cute, and just a little old lady. They are perfect for doing Odalie’s errands and running from the police during raids.

Prohibition is in full swing, but Odalie has you wearing the classic cat-eye liner and lipstick. You’re sneaking into the speakeasy wearing this beaded flapper dress. Careful not to drink too many champagne cocktails or the Lieutenant Detective might put the moves on you.

Slip this coat over your dress, the hem is too short for your liking (you old Victorian), but the coat will lend you some modesty at least in the street. Finally, slip these diamond bracelets on, one on each wrist. When you hold your hands together it looks like you’re wearing the most beautiful handcuffs. Little do you know, you’ll soon be wearing the real thing.

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Fashion Friday: THE CIRCLE

The Circle

The Circle by Dave Eggers
Knopf (2013)
506 pages, 4 stars

THE BOOK: Mae Holland, a 24 year old college grad, gets hired by The Circle because her brilliant best friend works there. The Circle is a modern internet company that created TruYou, which was designed so that people have to be their ACTUAL selves on the internet. Goodbye internet hazing and trolls. Great idea right? This company is on the cutting edge of technology and employs the smartest young people in the country. Mae is awed by their intelligence and their influence. They are doing such great work in so many different areas, but what happens when they go too far?

The Circle is basically Dave Eggers’ fictional attempt at warning us all what would happen if a company like say Google took over the world. It’s quite terrifying and eye-opening. I was reading it at the same time that I was (and still am) reading The New Rules of Marketing and PR, and let me tell you it’s a total mindf*ck. A lot of the things Eggers sites as the first step in tyrannical internet rule (like engaging with customers via a social media presence in real-time and letting your customers see your true self, etc.) are things Scott says the marketing world should be doing. I feel like after reading Egger’s book and just starting my masters in Integrated Marketing, I have inadvertently boarded the crazy train.

The Circle makes you excited and interested in the technological development in the beginning, because it is framed as helping the world. Then slowly you start to see the potential for harm and the book gets super creepy. Eggers did a fantastic job of controlling the reader’s (in this case, my) perception of the “good” of the company. I also hated Mae. Not at first but by 3/4 of the way through she was just the worst. It’s difficult to write a book that is so compelling when your main character is terrible. But Eggers pulls it off in futuristic style!

SPOILER:

My main problem with this book is that I didn’t think the relationship was fleshed out enough between Mae and Khalden. And because of this, the ending seemed like a no brainer. I didn’t wonder what Mae would do, and I wish I had been unsure.

FASHION FRIDAY: My dear little transparent circler, slip into this pair of comfy jeans that you found in the dorm’s dresser. Somehow they fit you, even though you’re pretty sure you never told The Circle what size pants you wear.

These douchy sneaks are the newest on the market, you’re exclusive circle gave them to you for free. Perks! They’ll keep you comfortable as you virtually walk the world around The Circle, giving them insider access.

This hipster sweater is a joke of yours. Camera’s like these are so 2012 and this sweater is a throw back to when people actually took photos. Now, you wear a live streaming camera around your neck, which allows you expose yourself to the world. This Pixi “naked” lip color is perfect for your new found public life.

Your online presence sky rockets when you’re at The Circle due to your burgeoning personal motto “I’m so posting this,” which you flaunt on your phone with pride.

This ring with tiny hearts represents all the people that you love: your parents, Annie, Khalden, etc. And you manage to hurt all of them one by one.

Finally pull on this rain jacket, whether you’re just kayaking or weathering the shit storm of doing something without sharing it with the world, this jacket will protect you. At least temporarily.

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TLC Tour: The Gods of Heavenly Punishment

The Gods of Heavenly Punishment
by Jennifer Cody Epstein
W.W. Norton & Co. (2014)
384 pages
2 stars

The Gods of Heavenly Punishment spans the lives of multiple people before, during, and after WWII. The range of characters includes Japanese and American architects, ex-pats living in Japan, educated women who don’t fit in anywhere, American soldiers responding to Pearl Harbor, and more.

Yoshi, who seems to be the main character, is a child when we first meet her. She’s bright (knows three languages at a young age) and beautiful, and she’s the product of an unhappy marriage. Nursing her mentally ailing mother, she fends for herself during WWII in Japan.

Might SPOIL the plot here, y’all, so proceed at your own risk:

I’m trying to sum up this book, but finding it difficult. The reason I think is that the beginning of the novel is so scattered. It took me a long time to figure out the connection between the American family in the US and the Japanese family in Japan. And honestly the connection seems weak even after reading it. The ring that Cam is wearing when he’s murdered by Kenji, ends up on Yoshi’s finger and eventually leads her to find out that her father was a war criminal. Okay…? What impact does that have on her? She goes to find Cam’s wife and return the ring to her. And then the story ends.

Many novels have loose threads in the beginning, but they are all supposed to tie up in the end and offer some greater truth or understanding from that knot (if you’ll excuse my extended metaphor). So, I found it really frustrating when that wasn’t the case in this book.

Part of the reason I didn’t love this book was that I thought it was going to be about Japanese-American and Caucasian-American race relations during WWII. Though there was some mention of it, the characters took it as a fact rather than discussing it or thinking deeply about it. That whole horrible part of history is sort of glossed over in this book, which was really interesting considering the author’s choice of characters/settings. Anyway, you can see what other (arguably smarter) people thought of it in the links below!

godsphoto1-300x199About Jennifer Cody Epstein

Jennifer Cody Epstein is the author of The Gods of Heavenly Punishment and the international bestseller The Painter from Shanghai. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal, Self, Mademoiselle andNBC, and has worked in Hong Kong, Japan and Bangkok, Thailand.

Jennifer Cody Epstein’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, January 13th:  No More Grumpy Bookseller

Monday, January 13th:  Now is Gone – giveaway

Tuesday, January 14th:  A Bookish Way of Life

Tuesday, January 14th:  Kritter’s Ramblings

Wednesday, January 15th:  Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Friday, January 17th:  The Best Books Ever

Sunday, January 19th:  Writer Unboxed - author guest post

Tuesday, January 21st:  Bookish Ardour

Wednesday, January 22nd:  Bookfoolery

Thursday, January 23rd:  She Treads Softly

Friday, January 24th:  A Reader of Fictions

Wednesday, January 29th:  Book-a-licous Mama

Thursday, January 30th:  Kahakai Kitchen

Tuesday, February 4th:  Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World

Wednesday, February 5th:  Bibliotica

Thursday, February 6th:  Lavish Bookshelf

Thursday, February 13th:  The Feminist Texican [Reads]

Friday, February 14th:  Books are the New Black

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Fashion Friday: THE GOLDFINCH

THE GOLDFINCH

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Little Brown and Company (2013)
755 pages, 4 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and determined to avoid being taken in by the city as an orphan, Theo scrambles between nights in friends’ apartments and on the city streets. He becomes entranced by the one thing that reminds him of his mother, a small, mysteriously captivating painting that soon draws Theo into the art underworld.Goodreads.com

The Goldfinch is a seemingly epic tale of a young boy who loses the one person he loves and has to figure out how to move on by himself. Without support from others, he finds himself sinking into illegal activities to take away the pain he feels for being a survivor. Theo could be super frustrating–there were many times I wanted to shake him and say “GO TO THERAPY.” But his flaws are what make him interesting. Theo’s philosophical tone was beautiful and refreshing, especially at first. My main issue with this book is that it was so long and mostly because there were pages of rants/dialogue that could have been shortened. Tartt tries to explain away the rambling by saying that these pages are Theo’s story he’s written for himself that no one else will see. But the fact is that literary device is not a new one, and it feels a little insulting to the reader. However, I did really enjoy this book! It was kind of like watching a train wreck, which can be entertaining even though you don’t want it to happen. It made me think a lot about how art fits into life and why it’s so important. Anyway, on to the fun stuff…

FASHION FRIDAY: My dear little art lover, this plaid sport coat with leather braided buttons is the perfect top layer for an amateur furniture dealer/art thief. This finch necktie is a constant, suffocating reminder of the predicament you’ve gotten yourself into.

The Barbours take you in when you have no one else, but they aren’t the typical foster family. Their preppy Park Avenue style rubs off on you, especially when they buy you these Warby Parker tortoise shell glasses, which you’ll keep the rest of your life. Your longing to join the Barbours on their summer jaunts to Maine, has you wearing this Nautica sweater. You will never take that sailing trip because you aren’t really a part of the family.

These faded blue jeans are a blast from the past that bespeak your days in the desert rolling around with Boris in a drug induced state. You’re dad is the man who made you appreciate fine leather shoes, and these brown suede boots will do the trick when you’re trying to impress buyers and/or shady characters. Boris insists you wear this flashy watch, because without it you don’t look like the rich American you’re supposed to be. You’ve eased yourself into the art world by a fluke (or is it destiny?), either way this rich professor look suits you.

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