• 21st Century,  General Fiction

    The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

    The Portable Veblen came highly recommended on Twitter by Anna James and Elizabeth (then Preston) Morris and compared to the quirky Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple, which I did not really enjoy when I first read it, but have come to appreciate as time goes by. So, when I learnt I would be spending a week in the UK, I made a list of books that I needed to purchase and The Portable Veblen was at the top. Luckily for me I found it for ¬£2¬†with some minor damage to the cover. Veblen is a young woman about to marry Paul, the first man that she has ever…

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction

    Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

    Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple first called my attention thanks to its wonderful and colorful cover after being shortlisted for the Women’s Prize this year. Later on, I saw a review by Leah who I really trust in terms of feminine and feminist stories and I decided to ask for a review copy. The lovely people from Orion Books kindly sent me a hardback to review! From Goodreads: Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply,…