Author: Gabriella de Ferrari

A Few Days in Paris

I got back from a few days in Paris and here are a few things I recommend. The Hôtel d’Aubusson is a charming five-star small hotel on the Left Bank. Truly wonderful. Service impeccable. They got us tickets and reservations …Read More

Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings

“Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings” is one of the best novels I have read in a while. It is written in beautiful English by Stephen O’Connor, and it is a story that never ceases to fascinate. It is a …Read More

The Great Derangement

The great writer Amitav Ghosh spent two months at the University of Chicago, courtesy of the prestigious Berlin Lectures Award. He dedicated his time there to the study of climate change. The result of his research are these lectures and …Read More

Grief is the Thing With Feathers

“Grief is the Thing With Feathers” by Max Porter is a beautifully written small book. It is a treasure. The story of two children and their father who have lost their mother and wife and share their life as they …Read More


Even though the atmosphere at Marea is a bit corporate and noisy and the service not too great, it is still the best place for fish in NYC. I love going there for the sea urchins…raw or cooked as a …Read More

Places of my Infancy: A Memory

I am sure most of you have read the great Italian novel “The Leopard” by Giuseppe Tomasi de Lampedusa (and seen the great film with Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale). This little book is Lampedusa’s remembrances of the house in …Read More

El Mercado

Peruvian cuisine has always been considered one of the great cuisines of the world. Until recently, it did not receive the international attention it deserved. Recently, people flocked from all over the world to experience its rare palate. Peruvian food …Read More

A World For Julius

Peruvians like to argue whether this great novel is superior to the ones of Mario Vargas Llosa, who is considered worldwide as the finest Peruvian writer. I belong to the camp who thinks Bryce Echenique’s novel, “A World For Julius,” …Read More

The Sympathizer

Hard to think of a book to recommend after the long break, but here’s one to consider. “The Sympathizer,” by the Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen, might be a good start. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the novel, which is …Read More

My Struggle, Book Five

Several months ago I wrote about the first four books of Karl Ove Knausgård, the celebrated Norwegian writer’s autobiography. Now, book five of this monumental work, entitled “My Struggle,” has been published. He is just as compelling a writer as …Read More


Tucked in the middle of the commercial block of Chambers Street in Tribeca resides, Racines, one of New York’s most accomplished bistros. Racines’ chef was imported from Paris from the restaurant of the same name. In his open kitchen he …Read More

The Musical Brain

The idiosyncratic Argentinian César Aira is one of the most accomplished, original and prolific writers today. His short story collection “The Musical Brain” is a selection of twenty tales about oddballs, freaks and loonies written in the vein of Borges …Read More


This is the place to go if you want a calm, elegant, delicious dinner with some great wines. The place is classic and old world, the service impeccable and the lobster poached in butter divine. There are few places in Manhattan …Read More

Ordinary Light

This is an extraordinary memoir by the Pulitzer winning poet Tracy Smith. It is written with warmth and love from a devoted and admiring daughter. I read it because I have met Tracy Smith and she was so impressive a …Read More

Maria Stuarda

The current production of “Maria Stuarda” is a superb one. The staging is great: dramatic, and beautiful. In spite of the fact that Sondra Radvanovsky announced that she had a cold, her singing was flawless and she hit all the …Read More

The Story of My Teeth

Valeria Luiselli’s book, well worth reading,  will make you laugh.  It is written in collaboration with the workers in the Jumex juice factory in Mexico. It is in the voice of a delightful auctioneer who, among other things, buys a set …Read More

The Tuner of Silences

A brilliant novel by the Mozambican writer Mia Couto. This is one of the best African novels I have read. At moments it reminded me of Latin American magical realism. But it is a very African novel that takes place …Read More

Charlie Rose

  When I can, I try to watch Charlie Rose. In spite of the fact that Mr. Rose tends to interrupt just as someone is saying something interesting, he does bring to his TV program some fascinating interesting people. Some …Read More


The publication of a book by the writer, critic, editor and reader Alberto Manguel is always a cause for celebration. “Curiosity” is an eclectic grand tour into the worlds and pleasures that curiosity leads us to. What is beauty? Does …Read More

The Novels of Alejandro Zambra

    Alejandro Zambra is one of the great young writers in Latin American today. In his brief career, this Chilean writer has created a style very much his own. It is economical, precise and clearly a reaction to the …Read More

The Land Where Lemons Grow

The window of my room in the house I grew up in Peru overlooked an orange grove. Many mornings in orange blossom season I woke up to the sweet scent of these minuscule tender flowers. Reading “The Land Where Lemons …Read More

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

This non-fiction book by the British journalist Ben Macintyre reads like a John le Carré novel. I read it on a long flight and had a hard time putting it down when we landed. It is the story of members …Read More

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms

“Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East” is by British diplomat Gerald Russell. He spent time in the Middle East and became interested in the religious practices of the few surviving religions of the …Read More

Winter Sleep

  In spite of the length (almost 3 1/2 hours) and the subtitles, this is a wonderful movie. Directed by the Turkish director Nurt Bilge Ceylan, a master of the visual, it is the story of the inhabitants of a …Read More


Marilynne Robinson’s “Lila” follows “Gilead and Home” in the religious trilogy set up in a small American midwestern town. It is not a sequel, but the story of the characters of the novel told from a different perspective. This time …Read More

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journey into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East

In my opinion, “Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms” is a truly extraordinary book. It takes the reader into a journey of the theology and customs of people in the Middle East for whom special and ancient beliefs still survive. Author Gerald …Read More

Paper Music: A Ciné Concert by Philip Miller and William Kentridge

The celebrated South African artist William Kentridge presented his Paper Music Concert Monday night at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. In a packed auditorium (tickets were impossible to get!) Kentrdige narrated and showed short videos. The artist described them as “new …Read More

My Struggle

I have now finished the first two books of Karl Ove Knausgaard epic personal saga, “My Struggle.” (There are four more, but only two have been translated to English from the Norwegian,) Knausgaard is a favorite author of many friends …Read More

Stone Barns Agricultural Fair — Harvest Fest

For the past two years we have taken my three year old grandson to this fun family event. It is special because children learn about farm life, they feed turkeys, collect eggs, feed the pigs etc. During the hay ride a …Read More

I, The Divine: A Novel in First Chapters

A few months ago I recommended “An Unncessary Woman” by this extraordinary Lebanese novelist. I just read Rabih Alameddine’s “I, The Divine” and, if possible, it is just as great a novel, if not better. “I, the Divine” is the story of …Read More

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art

  In the busy, picturesque harbor of Cape Town, a great project is under construction. Situated in a World Heritage-listed silo and scheduled to open in 2016, the building will house the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art. (Zeitz MOCAA). The large …Read More

Bâtard Restaurant

Bâtard is the new culinary jewel of Drew Nieporent who has given us many of our great eateries, such as Tribeca Grill and Montrachet. His new restaurant  is open, informal and elegant , The tables well spaced and everything sparkles with a …Read More

The Old Woman

If you can, do not miss “The Old Woman” at Brooklyn Academy of Music. This amazing spectacle, choreographed and directed by the forever creative genius Robert Wilson, is performed by Willem Dafoe and Mikhail Baryshnikov. This vaudeville adaptation of a short …Read More

Talking to Ourselves

What an amazing find is this short and wonderful novel by the Argentinian writer Andrés Neumann! He is clearly the literary heir of the great Roberto Bolaño Ávalos. Neuman gives us an extraordinary meditation on love, death and illness in …Read More

Center for Italian Modern Art

This place is one of those marvelous small treasures of NYC. Housed in a beautifully finished loft in Broome Street, the Center for Italian Modern Art is dedicated to the study and display of Italian modern art. Currently they have …Read More