Author: Nicole Tortoriello

Booked: Winter Break Reads

While we’re heading into finals crunch time, here are a few books to put on your holiday wish list, as a light at the end of the dismal finals tunnel. Looking for more ways to procrastinate? Check out my blog, Sometimes I Read. “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Year of Pilgrimage” by Haruki Murakami, translated by Philip Gabriel (Knopf Publishing Group) Murakami has been having a bit of a moment, to say the least. After finally reading one of his novels, I will join his fans in saying that he is finally garnering the international recognition he has deserved....

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Booked: October 2014 Trick or (t)Reads

“City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran” by Ramita Navai (PublicAffairs) In “City of Lies,” Ramita Navai explores Tehran, the capital city of Iran, through eight stories of people living and dying in the city. From a rich widow to a thriving porn star, a closeted member of the militia to the would-be assassin, Navai’s eight stories are each touching, shocking, unique, and engrossing. The book opens and closes with Vali Asr, the main road that winds its way throughout the entirety of Tehran that connects the rich in the North with the...

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Booked: Back to School Picks

Before things get too substantive in your classes, here are a few great reads to distract you from the gunner on your left and the checked-out 3L on your right. Need a few more? Check out my new book blog at www.sometimesiread.com.   “The Future for Curious People” by Gregory Sherl (Algonquin Books) I’m beginning to think books are the answer to the void that has been lingering in my life since the last great American RomCom was released in 2003 (that would be “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, if you’re interested). Sherl’s novel has all...

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Booked: Going Places with End of Summer Reads

Just like the poster in my middle-school library proclaimed, “Reading Takes You Places.” Whether you’re filling your last four weeks of summer with callbacks or soaking up the last rays of summer sun at the beach, here are a few destinations for your last round of armchair-travel before classes start up again.   The United Kingdom/New York City – “Black Chalk” by Christopher J. Yates (Random House UK) “Black Chalk” has been the sleeper hit of my summer reading. I had other deadlines to meet, books to read, and things to do, but I kept putting them off as...

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Booked: The Muckraker Summer Reading List

For a lot of law students, summer is the only time we can really sink into a good book. Here’s my super-sized round-up of the books worth your limited, precious reading time this summer. Read something good? Let me know at features@morningsidemuckraker.com. Ran through these & looking for something new? Find me on Goodreads. ————————  “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown and Company) I had been saving this review for my summer list, and then the Pulitzer Prize Committee went and scooped me. Although the literary world had been waiting over ten years for Donna Tartt’s next book, and over...

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