We're Lauren and Ian, a couple of novelists. As in: a couple who happen to both be novelists. We spend a lot of time writing and reading and talking about both, so here we are to do just that with you too on our blog. The format: autobiographical story-reviews that allow us more room to express our adoration and/or irritation for certain books than a traditional review. Also, we like to curse.
We could lie and tell you we didn't meet on Tinder. And you know we could make up a damn good story. But at the end of the day, we're living and writing in New York City -- what's more romantic than that?


Born and raised in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia, Ian is a novelist and voracious reader of contemporary fiction. Originally on track to enter the film industry, Ian attended The Center for Digital Imaging Arts where he graduated from an intensive program in filmmaking, gathering awards for both his screenwriting and directing. After putting in the hours on a real film set, Ian's aspirations evolved, and he set his iron-sights on writing prose, going on to receive a Fiction Writing Certificate from the Gotham Writer's Workshop in 2009. A huge supporter of independent bookshops, Ian previously worked at Back Pages Books in Waltham, MA and at The Strand in New York City. He is also the former Editor-in-Chief for the start-up website Nerd Glaze, and has published short stories in a variety of literary journals. Ian completed his first novel, The Childish Things, in 2012 and is currently working on a second, The Reflections, as well as writing a blog focused on book reviews that are "New in Paperback."

favorite books

The Fortress of Solitude, London Fields, Infinite Jest, Middlesex, In Cold Blood, A Confederacy of Dunces, Lolita, Catch-22, Blood Meridian, Jesus' Son, Skippy Dies, Everything Matters!, American Psycho, Tenth of December, White Noise.

favorite authors

Martin Amis, Jonathan Lethem, David Foster Wallace, Cormac McCarthy, Truman Capote, Ian McEwan, John Updike, Zadie Smith, Margaret Atwood, Don DeLillo, James Salter, Marilynne Robinson, Julian Barnes, Donna Tartt, Ernest Hemingway.

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lauren mangiaforte

Lauren is a poet, novelist, and journalist. Originally from Chicago, she arrived in New York in 2012 with not much more than the proverbial suitcase. In 2009 she graduated from Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame) with a degree in English (thesis: A Cock-A-Doodle-Doo! Phallic Humor in Melville's Fiction) and a master's degree in Women, Writing, and Gender in 2010 from the University of St Andrews (thesis: Girls, Interrupted -- Gender & Space in Gilbert & Sullivan's Operas). While at St Andrews she received the comment that her voice was "too lively for academic writing." This caused her to ditch academia for good and begin her first novel, The Boys Who Wouldn't Grow Up, which was self-published in 2013. Her poetry blog, Fictitious Shores, is home to over 300 poems by Lauren. Her day job at the agency Obviously Social involves training journalists at the likes of The Daily Beast and the BBC in how to write for social media. 


East of Eden, Mrs. Dalloway, The Age of Innocence, Cry the Beloved Country, Gone with the Wind, Suite Francaise, The Great Gatsby, This Side of Paradise, The Brothers Karamazov, The Importance of Being Earnest (okay so it's a play), Goodbye to Berlin, The Old Man and the Sea, 1984, Sense and Sensibility.


Virginia Woolf, John Steinbeck, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Billy Collins, John Donne, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, David Mamet, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot.