Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Erynecki

EryneckiVerified

Joined June 2016

Author. Chasing Portraits: A Great-Granddaughter's Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy. IG/Twitter @erynecki www.ElizabethRynecki.com
review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

On the road to publication I learned a lot about writing, agents, and self promotion. Some of it was trial and error, some I learned from watching and stealing strategies from well seasoned authors, and some stuff I just messed up. Mostly what I wish I‘d had was someone who would tell me I wasn‘t alone and how to navigate the low moments. Maum is honest about the highs and lows. It‘s got great examples and quotes from a wide range of authors.

review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

This book is loving, heartbreaking, and eye opening all at once. A memoir of her son‘s severe, nonverbal autism (undiagnosed until he was almost 4). Her grief, exhaustion, and frustration is apparent on almost every page, but so is her commitment to finding hope and joy. She thought she could change her son but the person who really transformed was her.

review
Erynecki
The Book Haters' Book Club | Gretchen Anthony
post image
Pickpick

Gretchen is at it again with this lighthearted novel filled with twists and turns about clashing family perspectives and a loving community ready to fight for the survival of a beloved independent bookstore. There‘s gossip, snooping, humor, and a lot of actual book recommendations! Plus how can I not love that some of it takes place in Oakland?!

review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

A memoir and history of the medical and psychological community‘s understanding and history of treating ADHD. Tim Denevi narrates his childhood - his impulses, frustrations, and successes both in school and at home intertwined with the psychologists and psychiatrists that have influenced and shaped the ways in which millions of children and young adults (and their parents!) navigate an ADHD diagnosis.

EvieBee I need to check this out! Was recently diagnosed as an almost 40 year-old. 2mo
Erynecki @EvieBee Hope it‘s helpful! I found this booklet really useful: https://www.additudemag.com/download/secrets-of-the-adhd-brain/ 2mo
11 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

I have a soft spot for entrepreneurial stories. I love the unsure start, the twists and turns as they try things that work and things that don‘t, and their success. I enjoyed and appreciated the honesty in this one. Plus, I fondly remember receiving movies in the mail.

review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

A novel about love, ambition, Hollywood, and the price of fame. A clever story about complex relationships, the stories we tell ourselves, and the ones we share with the world.

review
Erynecki
The Boys | Katie Hafner
post image
Pickpick

A story of love, family, loneliness, and pandemic isolation. Hafner‘s tale is a charming and quirky novel about a nerdy isolated Ethan, his outgoing wife, Barb, and a bike tour. It‘s hard to say too much without giving away the plot, but it‘s a story of character, childhood trauma, grief, and human connections

13 likes1 stack add
review
Erynecki
Oh William!: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
post image
Pickpick

I think there‘s something sort of Anne Tyler-esque about her characters. The novel is about how the little things shape the big things in our lives. And then there was the Holocaust backstory and the fact that one of the characters we don‘t ever really see is named Trask, and that felt so odd because that was my grandfather‘s false name during the war. There‘s a lot of love and joy tangled into this quietly complicated story of marriage & family.

review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

I first learned about Austin Kleon from Amy Stewart. She heard him speak at some sort of book fair and I was intrigued by her description of him. I‘ve been following him on Instagram ever since then. He‘s so freakin‘ smart, down to earth, wise, and practical. I loved Steal Like an Artist and now I finally read Show Your Work. A lot of it is about how to talk about your work, connect with others, and be a good social media citizen.

review
Erynecki
Making Toast | Roger Rosenblatt
post image
Pickpick

I first read Kayak Morning after my mother died. I found something so soothing and cathartic about Rosenblatt‘s writing style. The book stands on its own, but in a way, Making Toast (which comes first) explains so much of the backstory. A beautiful memoir about what happens after the author‘s daughter, Amy, dies and leaves behind her husband and three young children. Sad and tender hearted, a beautiful testament to familial love.

Anna40 So sorry for your loss 💕 3mo
15 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
Erynecki
Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
post image
Pickpick

An extraordinary novel with writing that‘s really powerful, beautiful, incredible. The storyline is distressing - inspired by the Oakland Police Department‘s sexual exploitation of young women - but the writing makes you want to read all of it. The tempo, dialogue, it‘s raw and eloquent. Can‘t wait to see what Leila Mottley does next.

review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

Read this again. It‘s so spot on about the writing life. I laughed and nodded my head throughout. She gets it (and talks about) writing and the accompanying stress/imposter syndrome/crappy first drafts/jealousies all in a way that I truly love.

review
Erynecki
Focused | Alyson Gerber
post image
Pickpick

A middle grade Scholastic book about a girl who discovers she has ADHD + how she navigates the challenges it presents. Loved the opening chapters and the way in which the reader experiences her struggles. In the after note the author acknowledges the condensed storyline and while I understand her writing choices, it definitely made sections of the storyline oversimplified. Still, it‘s nice to see the protagonist navigate ADHD in positive ways.

11 likes1 stack add
review
Erynecki
Book Lovers | Emily Henry
post image
Pickpick

A Hallmark inspired RomCom beach read. It‘s a sweet (at times with biting wit and wordplay) romance. Big city Manhattan devotee, Nora Stephens, is a sharp eyed, cutthroat book agent. Charlie Lastra is a brooding acquisition editor. Their first encounter does not go well. Their second encounter in small town North Carolina….well, that‘s the love story.

review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

A heartbreaking and heartfelt book about a mother‘s love and her baby‘s all too brief life. The emotional narrative is written with courage and wisdom. A beautifully written memoir about an incredibly difficult loss.

review
Erynecki
True Biz | Sara Noviac
post image
Pickpick

I read this book in a day. A fascinating novel filled with smart characters, a compelling storyline, and a ton of educational information and insight about ASL, the deaf community, and language access.

11 likes3 stack adds
review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

I picked up Attenberg‘s memoir because I‘m a big fan of a thousand words of summer. I was surprised to discover a section of one chapter on thanatourism, and the Jewish ghetto in Vilnius, and suddenly felt transported back to my own quest and chasing ghosts.
At its heart, this memoir chronicles her journey as a writer and her thoughts about the journey so far.

14 likes1 stack add
review
Erynecki
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
post image
Pickpick

In this sprawling and ambitious novel, Charmaine Wilkerson tells the story of a cake, family secrets, sibling relationships, identity, festering resentments, lies, and love. I enjoyed the story but confess that I did not love the story structure and narrative devices. Readers are smart and there‘s no problem in figuring it all out, but at times the flashbacks and switching storylines made it a more challenging read.

review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

At 22, Suleika Jaouad learns she has leukemia. Told in two parts - her story is parts medical battle, mourning, and gratitude as she learn to survive and forge a new life. Her writing invites us to understand the pain, struggles, love, and kinship she comes to rely on while navigating illness, loss, and hope.

Suet624 I keep meaning to find this book. Thanks for the reminder. 6mo
16 likes2 comments
review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

A Supreme Court justice slips into a coma and his talented young law clerk is left to serve as his legal guardian and follow the increasingly convoluted clues he‘s left for her about a controversial case facing the court. The puzzles and twists and turns are, at times, confusing. I did stay up late to finish this legal thriller, and I enjoyed it, but it‘s a soft pick.

18 likes1 stack add
review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

Looking for a schmaltzy Jewish romcom that‘s about Jewish summer camp arch rivals, the daughter of a rabbi who loves Christmas, and making Hanukkah magical? Then perhaps The Matzah Ball is for you. A totally predictable love story (complete with a delightful bubbie who makes to die for rugelach) it is at times, over the top and face to palm ridiculous, which is probably why it‘s been optioned to be a feature film.

review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

The author met her husband-to-be the summer before starting college. This memoir tells the story of their courtship, emotional, financial, and medical (physical and mental) health struggles. If you‘re looking for answers, solutions, and denouement, this book is not for you. I‘ll quote Kirkus: “A memoir of interest to anyone coping with a loved one‘s struggle with illness and dependency.”

review
Erynecki
Finding Me: A Memoir | Viola Davis
post image
Pickpick

I‘ve only ever seen Viola Davis in the biopic Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and in Eat, Pray, Love. I ought to see more! This memoir is at times utterly depressing and incredibly inspiring. Her life has been a long list of struggles which makes her successes that much more jaw dropping powerful and amazing. Written with unvarnished honesty and emotion about everything from a very poor childhood to experiences with racism, sexism and colorism.

Suet624 I didn‘t realize she‘d written a memoir. 7mo
Erynecki @Suet624 it just came out in April 7mo
13 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

A 36 year old indie rockstar falls apart on stage after the sudden death of her mother. Weeks before the release of her sophomore album, everyone wonders if her career is in jeopardy. So of course she goes on a cruise to Alaska with her Dad and some family friends. It‘s sweet - sometimes a little too rom-com for me, but it captures the messiness of family, love, and life. A quick read.

19 likes1 stack add
review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

If you‘ve spent any time on my Instagram feed, you know I‘m a cat person. But I do love dogs and this dog story is beautiful. Life is unpredictable and it is how we deal with those curve balls that says something about us. Loving Edie is a rewarding tale of how a skittish pup and her loving moms help her find her way in the world.

12 likes1 stack add
review
Erynecki
The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
post image
Pickpick

I loved the first section. I am a swimmer and the descriptions of those who use the pool really rang true. The section about a mysterious crack at the bottom of the pool was sort of sci-fi like. The last part - her mother‘s dementia - is sad. The book is written in a very sparse style. Many ideas and themes circle round and round…kind of like a swimmer doing laps and ruminating about the daily insignificant tedium and existential questions.

review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

My cousin wrote a book about ways to thrive at work and advance your career. Although I‘m not the target audience (I‘m self employed) I found her advice about how to connect and build long term working relationships with others helpful. Aliza built and led APAC, the Asia-Pacific region, businesses for Google, Twitter, and Cloudflare. She‘s got a lot of wisdom about being a successful executive and some useful insights about her mentoring tactics.

review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

A Bay Area native, a playwright, lawyer, the son of Pakistani immigrants, and so much more…writes
with humor, frustration and anger about trying to live the American dream, Islamophobia, mental health, 9-11, incarceration, immigration, and so much more. He does it with great cultural insight, incredibly personal experiences, and heart. I confess that I didn‘t love the first third of the book, but I am so glad I kept going. A must-read memoir.

8 likes1 stack add
review
Erynecki
Lost & Found: A Memoir | Kathryn Schulz
post image
Pickpick

A three part memoir. I really marveled at the Lost segment. After abruptly losing my mom in 2012, I began searching for my great grandfather‘s lost paintings. That said, much of the Lost segment resonated with me. I wished I had written many of its marvelous and insightful sentences. I enjoyed Found - the telling of her finding and growing the relationship with her (eventual) wife. I confess to skimming the third section: AND.

Suet624 This first section - LOST - is stunning. I keep rereading sentences.
6mo
Erynecki @Suet624 my favorite section of that book! 6mo
11 likes2 stack adds2 comments
review
Erynecki
Iranian Love Stories | Jane Deuxard
post image
Pickpick

This graphic novel explores the politics and love lives of Iranian men and women from diverse backgrounds. Jane Deuxard is the pseudonym of a real life couple who used the alias to conduct clandestine interviews. The text is sparse but touches on issues of lack of freedom, political repression, arranged marriages, secretive dating, and an ultra-conservative theocratic regime. Quick read. Interesting stories.

18 likes2 stack adds
review
Erynecki
Pickpick

It takes moxie to pour your heart out on the page. Tate shares incredibly personal stories (TMI at times, for me) but she‘s brutally honest with her group and, eventually, herself. The book tells one woman‘s story and the power of connections and the positive role therapy can play in our lives. I‘m partial to this sentence from the NY Journal of Books review: “It makes for an addictively voyeuristic, often squirm-inducing read.”

review
Erynecki
Will | Will Smith
Pickpick

I haven‘t seen many Will Smith films, which makes this a strange pick for me. About a quarter of the way through I thought about bailing. I don‘t love the story structure, but enjoyed the crazy and outrageous stories of Smith‘s life. While I didn‘t love the book's structure, the uniquely Will Smith experiences made it worthwhile.

review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

Three siblings discover a boy, face down, covered in blood, unconscious in a field. The mystery of who assaulted the boy is just a small part of the story. Really, it‘s about the ways in which the incident triggers each of them. A book about the complications and contradictions of childhood, adulthood, and family.

review
Erynecki
Shoulder Season: A Novel | Christina Clancy
post image
Pickpick

19 year old Sherri Taylor yearns to expand her world. Eager to embrace everything outside her small town upbringing, she becomes a Bunny at the Hefner Playboy Resort in Lake Geneva (WI). Between Bunny expectations, friendships, rivalries, sex, drugs, and rock and roll, Sherri‘s journey is about ambition, love, heartbreak, and the stories well tell ourselves.

review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

A memoir of a nightmarish marriage, an ugly divorce, poverty, lovable animals in search of a forever home, and promise to carry on her mother‘s animal rescue instincts. If you loved Animalish, and the episode on Queer Eye about the animal rescue shelter, you‘ll enjoy this book. Definitely some very sad stories but sprinkled throughout is the cast of brave, funny, smart, and charming animals that live at Funny Farm.

review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

If you haven‘t read MAUS I and II, you should. The idea of banning books (see the news about a school district in eastern TN banning Maus) makes me upset, but banning Spiegelman‘s books about family, war, hate, the Holocaust, inherited legacy, and more is beyond wrong.

review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

Taste is a book of food memories, a celebration of cooking, and the ways that sharing a dinner table brings us closer together. An enormous part of the appeal is that it‘s actor Stanley Tucci‘s story. There are heartwarming moments, humor, and culinary experiences from his acting days that are definitely charming.

review
Erynecki
These Precious Days | Ann Patchett
post image
Pickpick

Ann Patchett‘s latest collection of essays that reflect on friendship, family, writing, publishing, and more. Many of the essays were originally published elsewhere, but it was a joy to read them again. I‘d read any Patchett essay. I love her tone, story structure, and style.

review
Erynecki
Windswept | Annabel ABBS
post image
Pickpick

Part personal journey, the stories of Georgia O‘Keeffe, Nan Shepherd, Simone du Beauvoir (and others!) are all eloquently woven together in a book about forgotten women‘s history, and how walking helped them reimagine their trajectories. I‘m in awe of the ways in which the author seamlessly interweaves her own experiences with those of the women she writes about. If you loved Salt Path, add this to your pile.

10 likes1 stack add
review
Erynecki
On Animals | Susan Orlean
post image
Pickpick

Orlean‘s essays are less about those she‘s kept as pets and more about, as NPR noted, “a heightened sensitivity to animals' life experiences.” Her writing is delightful and charming and the story structure of each essay, elegant. There is no narrative through line, but with an always curious author with a talent for weaving together humor&mundane details about the creatures with whom we share a planet, it‘s hard not to race through the chapters.

8 likes1 stack add
review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

In the late 90s, author Katya Cengel took a reporting job at the Baltic Times, an English language newspaper in Latvia covering news in the Eastern Bloc. Cengel writes of Chernobyl, the Orange Revolution, journalistic adventures, medical emergencies, and international love. Published in 2019, Cengel offers a deeply personal look back at historical, political, social, economic changes and hardships, all through a candid personal lens.

12 likes1 stack add
review
Erynecki
Persepolis | Marjane Satrapi
post image
Pickpick

I recently reread Persepolis. It‘s an autobiographical graphic comic memoir about her childhood and young teen years in Iran before and during the Islamic Revolution. Published in 2003, the author‘s text and drawings intertwine political history and memoir, portraying Iran‘s political upheaval through her experiences and her family‘s story.

IuliaC I enjoyed this series very much 👍 12mo
16 likes1 comment
review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

A number of years ago I stumbled upon the book Worn Stories by Emily Spivack, and ever since I‘ve been drawn to stories about our sartorial choices say about us. So when I heard about this Murakami book about T-shirts, I knew I had to read it. Not brilliant or particularly awe inspiring, but tshirts are kind of everyday ho-hum, and Murakami‘s essays remind me of how our daily choices reflect the stories of our lives.

review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

I have mixed feelings about this book. I read it in a few hours and I don‘t always finish books. The prose is easy and I found parts of her story interesting. She‘s honest about ups and downs in her life, her sense of feeling like she lagged behind her peer group, her bold decisions to pursue the life she wanted, and her struggles with infertility and IVF. But at times it felt like TMI...

review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

I have a minimalistic understanding of biology, DNA, gene editing, and radical discoveries and inventions in the life sciences…but I loved this book. The race to understand and uncover the science, the collaboration, the moral questions, the rivalries, the triumphs, the looking forward and reflection on the past…those were the stories I loved. I‘m a sucker for well told human interest stories.

review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

An extraordinary story about the author/playwright‘s experience with Bell‘s Palsy. But it‘s about so much more. A physical, emotional, and medical journey through the ways in which a smile does and does not define us. A memoir of illness, motherhood, beauty, disability, family, and storytelling.

review
Erynecki
Mona At Sea | Elizabeth Gonzalez James
post image
Pickpick

Mona has been a stellar student, a star academic, and an ambitious young woman. But nothing is going as planned and she‘s distraught at her situation, unable to find her way out. A fast paced story, with a lovely interconnected plot, and a very satisfying conclusion.

9 likes1 stack add
review
Erynecki
Wild Silence | Raynor Winn
post image
Pickpick

A sequel, or maybe (at times) more of a prequel to The Salt Path. Written in four segments, it‘s really almost four short stories that are all interconnected. If you loved Winn‘s first book and want to know more, this book has a little bit of everything - more backstory, rewilding a farm, and a hike in Iceland. I finished it, but I agree with the Guardian review, “the narrative often lacks a compass.”

review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

Many 2G and 3G authors and filmmakers speak of chasing ghosts. Rachael Cerrotti does more than chase ghosts, she builds upon her grandmother‘s story, forging new bonds, compelling readers to bear witness to the ways the past and the present shape us. Each time Rachael retraces the past, the lines become stronger, bolder, wiser, and then they carry not only Rachael into the future, but show us the power of friendship and love.

review
Erynecki
post image
Pickpick

Part road trip, part gastronomic adventure, part memoir - Buttermilk Graffiti isn‘t really about the recipes (at least not for me) but is instead a great way to write about (and explore) matters of politics, regionalism, identity, and the ways in which foods speak of our history. 16 fascinating essays that examine questions of how food speaks of class, culture, and social climate.

11 likes1 stack add