Book Dumpling’s Gift-Giving List

December 11, 2017

Give the perfect present based on your loved one’s reading personality: For the literary, historical fiction lover:  A brilliant novel of Russia’s history told through the eyes of a Count sentenced to house arrest in Moscow’s premier, fading luxury hotel. For the literary snob:  Lincoln in purgatory, fake and real excerpts from history, talkative ghosts,… Read More

5 Books for June: A Book Dumpling Reading List

June 13, 2015

In a new feature, here are five reads (genres will vary in the future) you might want to check out over the next, few, juicy months of summer. If you could try and get one person to sign up for The Book Dumpling newsletter to spread the word, that would be very much appreciated. Enjoy… Read More

Sweet Offerings (Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny, Beautiful Things)

March 30, 2013

Do you wonder what compels you to refresh your ex’s Facebook page? Have you ever been married to – or lived with – someone who simply won’t get a job? Have you lost someone too early on in life? Does your jealousy consume you? Do you feel slighted by events? Are there moments when even… Read More

To Write or Not to Write

March 25, 2013

I just finished Peter Hobbs’ In the Orchard, the Swallows (which lived up to the poetic hype): the story reads like a monologue from a tortured man (who remains nameless throughout), to his life-long love whom he last saw before being sent to prison for a crime that was, in a way, thrust upon him…. Read More

Supplementing Your Literary Diet

March 4, 2013

Lately, everyone I know (myself included) has tried some sort of starch-free diet (rules may vary) to substitute complex carbs with more protein-oriented fare like quinoa. I started thinking that there had to be a literary equivalent to this scenario: I have recently been asked for recommendations for books from people who loved Fifty Shades of Grey:… Read More