Tara Cheesman

Tara Cheesman reads books. Sometimes she writes about the books she reads. It's all a bit arbitrary. Most of this reading and writing happens in a small brick house in the Pennsylvania city where she lives with her husband, two dogs and an ever-expanding library of books translated from languages she doesn’t speak or understand. She's currently considering getting a tortoise, because tortoises seem like good company. When not reading, writing or tending to her extensive collection of wooden pencils, Tara spends her time exploring cities in search of bookshops and art exhibits. She was a panelist at the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Since 2009 she’s written the blog BookSexy Review. You can find her on Twitter @BookSexyReview. (Please feel free to tweet her your opinions on both books and pencils).

How Cities Get Made: 5 Books On Cities & Urban Planning

Books on how cities get made.

Riot Round Up: Best Books We Read in May

Book Riot contributors and editors tell you about their favorite books they read in May (old and new releases)!

Exploring Japan Through 6 Books

Explore Japan through these six books, some of which are in translation.

2017 PEN America Festival & Why It Should Matter If the President Reads

On the importance of words to the American experiment, and why we need a President who cares about them.

4 French Feminist Writers Celebrating Women

Four books from French writers, all celebrating the life of women.

Read Harder 2017: It’s Time To Talk About Micro Presses

Booksellers answer questions about micropresses, and recommend their favorites for Read Harder 2017!

Read Harder 2017: Central & South American Writers, Writing About Home

Reading recs for the "Central and South American writers" Read Harder task!

Seriously, Leave Me & My #$%@ Books Alone

Cultural pressure to downsize and live a minimalist lifestyle grows...but we're keeping our books.

Book Boxes and Subscriptions: A Gift Guide

Seven excellent book mail boxes and bookish subscription services to give to your favorite book lover!

The Problem With Biography

The problem with writing about someone's real life for an audience used to scandal and entertainment.

Top 5 Reasons You Want To Add More Translations To Your TBR Pile

You're going to want to read more work in translation. Here's why.

Everyone Step Away From the Italian Reporter… (Putting Ferrante In Perspective)

The destruction of Elena Ferrante's anonymity was bad journalism...but it was also inevitable.

Four Book Recommendations Inspired by the Artist Agnes Martin

Book recommendations inspired by artist Agnes Martin.

Seriously, Leave Me & My #$%@ Books Alone

Cultural pressure to downsize and live a minimalist lifestyle grows...but we're keeping our books.

Women In Translation Month: Moving Forward

Seven translators tell us about their exciting upcoming projects to celebrate Women in Translation Month