Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

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Breaking bread, family meal before dinner service, indulging in the buttery goodness of a rich dessert–they are all moments in time that carry flavor triggers. When we smell the aroma of bacon grease from bed in the morning, when we sniff the hearty smell of cheese melted into a relative’s signature dip, when a cloud of the unique scent of smoke that comes from a brisket slow cooking all day hits our noses. Food connects people and great food is sensual. When we taste something decadent, we tend to inhale sharply, close our eyes, enjoying a moment of sensory pleasure unique to dining. Continue reading “Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl”

A Final Note on My Law School Experience

A Final Note on My Law School Experience

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In May, I graduated from law school. I finished my academic career. I expected something to happen–a sadness to wash over me as I exited my law school for the final time, a feeling of triumph as I crossed the staged, a sense of pride as I held up my degree for photos with family. The funny thing, however, is that I felt something different than I expected, something that I didn’t realize would be the feeling in my gut as I exited academia for the last time. The feeling was relief. I was so relieved to have survived law school relatively unscathed that I didn’t feel anything but relief that it was over. Continue reading “A Final Note on My Law School Experience”

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo | Personal Note

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo | Personal Note

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Today I’m excited to discuss Three Women by Lisa Taddeo. This book popped up all over my Instagram feed sometime around May and continued to be a consistent sighting. The book was featured as a July Book of the Month option, so I selected it as my choice and I’m glad I did. Initially, I disliked the book. I felt it was a bit overdone, overhyped, and too flowery at times. While I have reservations (discussed below), I’m thankful I read this book. Continue reading “Three Women by Lisa Taddeo | Personal Note”

Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman

Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman

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I’m writing this post roughly two hours after finishing Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman. I have to tell you: I love this book so much. I gravitate toward books about college-aged people, and I’ve read some great books about this age range over the years, but this book captures college in way palpable, honest, raw way that I haven’t encountered. A lot of books have glimmers of my college experience, but this one just blew it out of the water. Brockman went to a small liberal arts college, which inspired Hawthorne, the college in the novel. While my small liberal arts college was on the west coast and Hawthorne is in Maine, some of the small liberal arts college quirks were so authentic. Continue reading “Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman”

The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams

The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams

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The bar exam is over. School is starting up again and for the first time in my life, I’m not returning. My education is complete (at least my formal education). Now that I’m no longer a student, and will be working full-time beginning in mid-September, I want to get into a steady rhythm in this space. My blog posts dropped dramatically in law school because I, quite frankly, was pretty exhausted from all my school-related activities. More to come on what my content will look like and where I want to go with this space now that I am prepared to dedicate more time to it! For those who have followed along faithfully while my posts have been sporadic, thank you! I truly appreciate you reading along and I hope you continue to do so. Continue reading “The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams”

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People by Sally Rooney

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I have a relative who always says, “yeah, but what is normal?” about various things when people say “that’s normal” or “that’s not normal.” Normalcy is, in many ways, a social construct. What is “normal” to some may not be normal to others. Sally Rooney’s Normal People brings to light what it’s like to yearn for something normal and also examines why “normal” is a loaded term. Connell and Marianne are two people who appear very different but form a very strong friendship and complicated on-again-off-again relationship. Continue reading “Normal People by Sally Rooney”

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

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One of my bookish goals for 2019 was to read books featuring diverse voices. One of the books I’d seen pop up on Instagram was Fruit of the Drunken Tree, Ingrid Rojas Contreras’s debut novel about two young girls in Escobar-era Colombia. Told from alternating perspectives, this story is about Chula, a seven-year-old girl from a wealthy Colombian family and Petrona, a thirteen-year-old girl from a poor family works as a maid in Chula’s home. The two voices diverge in important ways. Chula’s voice is marked with naivete and immaturity, which serves as a sharp contrast from Petrona’s voice, which is one tainted by early loss and understanding of the dangers in their world. Still, Petrona’s age does come through at important moments, specifically when she is easily manipulated by a character in the book. Continue reading “Fruit of the Drunken Tree”

Daisy Jones & The Six

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To write an entire novel in the form of interviews is an ambitious task. Personally, I have trouble reading interviews that are longer than a few pages. So, when I saw Daisy Jones and The Six floating around the bookstagram world, I wasn’t sure it was for me. I’d heard Taylor Jenkins Reid was a compelling storyteller, but I was hesitant about the structure of her latest hit. However, when this novel was an option through Book of the Month, I jumped on the bandwagon. After finishing my last final (ever!), I started this one. I figured it’d be a nice into fun reading after law school. I was right but this story is far richer than I expected. Continue reading “Daisy Jones & The Six”

Fine Jewelry with AU|rate

Fine Jewelry with AU|rate

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I spent last weekend in Washington, D.C. and it got me thinking about the next few months. I graduate law school in May, then will spend two and a half months studying for the Bar Exam. I’ll then move to D.C. to start working! It’s a very exciting time, but it’s also quite hectic. Still, as I was walking through the streets of D.C., I was getting so excited for the next chapter of my life. A major change associated with the next chapter, however, is that I will spend a majority of my life in business/business casual clothing. As a young professional, I think it’s important to always look my best. I also enjoy adding touches of my personality to otherwise standard business wear. Continue reading “Fine Jewelry with AU|rate”