Author Archives: gcaroddo

About gcaroddo

Writer, technologist and project manager currently working as a fundraiser for a public school in Brooklyn, New York.

Booksale

The take from a recent book sale at the Park Slope branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Maybe I’ve read the Jhumpa Lahiri or parts of it already. Been known to happen. After having a love-hate relationship with Augusten Burroughs’ books (“This is … Continue reading

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Middlestein-ing

I say “Middlestein-ing” because my husband’s family has certain highly neurotic behaviors that the younger generation have made into a verb, as in “They were …..-ing out so bad!” Try this with any family name. It works because every family … Continue reading

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The Animators

This is a pretty ambitious book (also the author’s first novel). Maybe that’s why it took me so long to finish it–around three weeks or so; slow for me. It’s about friendship, it’s about art and the sufferings/decisions/sacrifices that come … Continue reading

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Tyranny. Resisting it.

Am really looking forward to reading  “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” by Timothy Snyder. A friend recommended this pocket-sized book, which I’m hoping will save my life. The American civilian part of my life, which is in … Continue reading

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Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys

This memoir by Viv Albertine was like a bag of potato chips. Eat some, they’re pretty tasty, right? Then go back for more, skip ahead to those crunchy ones you really like while you pass by the not-so-crunchy ones. Not … Continue reading

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Spoilt

Spoiled by Caitlin Macy. Cringe-worthy stories. I liked “Red Coat,” a story about a newish stay-at-home wife who ends up stealing her young cleaning woman’s coat out of coat check at her local cafe, when it was published in The New Yorker. … Continue reading

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Women’s March Reading List

This might be short as it’s late. “Men Explain Things to Me” by Rebecca Solnit is extremely of-the-moment given current political events: women’s rights to make choices about their bodies are being threatened, and we have a new leader who’s made … Continue reading

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Oddball narrators

One of these novels is narrated by a woman in a coma; the other, an unborn baby, child of warring parents. Meet “romance” and “anti-romance”. “Nutshell” is McEwan’s 16th book and “Je Suis La” is Avit’s first book, so it’s unsurprising … Continue reading

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Little Nothing

“Little Nothing” is the latest from Marisa Silver. I’d only read a collection of short stories (“Babe in Paradise”) by her before. The novel follows Pavla, a shape-shifting girl (then woman, then wolf…thus the shape-shifting) and Danilo, her would-be lover; … Continue reading

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