6 Great New Books for Spring
Cambridge, by Susanna Kaysen
Reviewer: Sarai Narvaez; age 27; graduate student; Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Sarai's assessment Loosely based on the author's own childhood (Kaysen also wrote the memoir Girl, Interrupted), this touching travelogue is narrated by a nine-year-old who must spend two years living in England, Italy, and Greece despite her fervent wish to be home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I really enjoyed the book (which reads a bit like a journal), in part because I just made a big move myself, from New York City to North Carolina. I loved the narrator's bittersweet realization that "home" isn't a physical locale, but rather a place that exists only in memories.
To buy: $19, amazon.com.