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Where you read it first | Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Natalie Bricker

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The Bookmark: ‘Happy Place’ by Emily Henry

For my last column, I’m giving the people what they need in their lives right now: a summer romance! My favorite romance writer is Emily Henry. She doesn’t just write average romance novels; her books capture the perfect mix of slow-burn romance, character depth, fresh, summery imagery and enough little plot twists to make it impossible to put down.

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The Bookmark: ‘Girl, Interrupted’ by Susanna Kaysen

I’m not sure if I necessarily enjoyed reading this memoir, but it definitely sparked some contemplation and left me thinking about it days later, which is an indication of a good book. In “Girl, Interrupted,” Susanna Kaysen writes about her two year long experience in McLean Hospital’s psychiatric unit, and her story is nothing short of remarkable.

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Maggie Rogers’ new album isn’t her best work

Maggie Rogers, you are phenomenal and talented and loved by many, many people. But your new album wasn’t as incredible as past albums. It wasn’t a complete disappointment, but it didn’t blow fans away. Especially after the previous beautiful, unskippable album “Surrender” (2022), expectations were high, and unfortunately, they weren’t met.

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The Bookmark: ‘I’m Glad My Mom Died’ by Jennette McCurdy

A note: Perhaps it goes without saying based on the shocking title, but Jennette McCurdy’s memoir contains intense and potentially triggering topics, so I definitely encourage reading content warnings before diving into this book. Now, for the review you’ve all been waiting for: “I’m Glad My Mom Died.” This book caught the attention of pretty much every reader when it came out — and it’s been brought back into many conversations recently due to the popularity of the new docuseries “Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV” (2024).

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The Bookmark: ‘Family of Liars’ by E. Lockhart

E. Lockhart’s “We Were Liars” holds a special place in my heart. I’m in awe of the way Lockhart pushes the bounds of typical fiction writing. She mixes in unique line breaks so that her book sometimes reads like a poem. She also creates incredible metaphors, like the witch in the first novel, that are so vivid, they have stuck with me to this day. I haven’t reread the book in over two years and I still think about it all the time.

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