The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke

When I was in high school, my best friend lent me her copy of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, which I absolutely loved. I enjoyed the story, the writing, and the footnotes (!!!). I never quite found or read another book that I had enjoyed in the same way. Fast forward to (approximately) ten yearsContinue reading “The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke”

Flow by Mihaly Csikszentihalyi

Mihaly Csikszentihalyi’s Flow is all about having optimal experience, leading to a state of “flow.” When you’re in a state of flow, you’re more productive, more creative, and more content. If this is the case, it sounds like flow would lead one to (or, might be the expression of) self-actualization (see Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs),Continue reading “Flow by Mihaly Csikszentihalyi”

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

White Teeth delves into family history and dynamics: an unlikely friendship between two men, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal, and how this brought their families together. It explores what it’s like to be a person of color in London from the 70s to the 90s (though I am guessing even until today). It is theContinue reading “White Teeth by Zadie Smith”