Jennifer Bort Yacovissi
Jennifer Bort Yacovissi grew up in Bethesda, MD, just a bit farther up the hill from Washington, DC, where her debut novel, Up the Hill to Home, takes place. The novel is a fictionalized account of her mother's family in DC from the Civil War to the Great Depression. In addition to writing and reading historical and contemporary literary fiction, Jenny reviews for both the Independent and the Historical Novel Society. She owns a small project-management and engineering consulting firm, and enjoys gardening and being on the water. Jenny lives with her husband, Jim, in Crownsville, MD. Click here to learn more about the families in Up the Hill to Home and to see photos and artifacts from their lives.
46 entries by Jennifer Bort Yacovissi
By Stephen R. Bown
The curious tale of an ambitious sea voyage spent mostly on dry land.
By Roz Chast
The cartoonist serves as a happy, helpful tour guide through her favorite place on earth.
By Carmen Maria Machado
This impressive debut collection features tightly wrapped tales that combine a sense of the everyday and otherworldly dread.
By Bob Schieffer with H. Andrew Schwartz
The veteran journalist offers a handbook for informed citizens and considers how we can all do better next time.
The cathartic laugh/cry we all need, even if it’s painful.
By John Haskell
Set aside expectations of a conventional narrative in this unlikely combination of gangsters, strip clubs, and classical dance.
By Alice McDermott
A deceptively quiet story that illuminates the profundity of everyday life.
By Jonathan B. Losos
A captivating look at dueling theories on the origin and adaptability of species.
By William M. Fowler Jr.
The decades-long fight for supremacy between two mammoth freighter lines.
By Ann Kidd Taylor
This charming beach read delivers a memorable 6-year-old protagonist and less-than-memorable supporting characters.
By Al Franken
Like Mitch McConnell, you’ll laugh so hard that milk shoots out your nose.
By Stephen Hunter
Guts, guns, and gangsters are all on display in this latest installment of the popular series.
By David J. Garrow
An exhaustive dissection of virtually every experience that went into shaping our 44th president.
By Jean-Vincent Blanchard
Part biography, part history, part homage to manly men in the mercenary service of colonial overreach.
By Elliot Ackerman
In the murkiness of war, the good guys and bad guys are often interchangeable.
By Sarah Domet
This promising debut with a curious premise doesn’t quite deliver.
He may no longer be a household name, but after reading this captivating bio/memoir, you’ll never forget MacKinlay Kantor.
The legendary illustrator delivers a rip-roaring fan bio that reminds us coitus isn't a recent invention.
By Ann Patchett
The line between fiction and autobiography blurs in this wholly satisfying novel.
By Angela Palm
Moving away from one man and toward another, a woman seeks to make peace with her past.
Recalling a time when creative types could lose themselves — and find inspiration — in the utterly foreign.
Savor this deeply researched love letter to every bibliophile’s favorite thing.
By Phil Harvey and Lisa Conyers
A refreshingly non-partisan dissection of the social safety net’s unintended consequences
By Christopher Kloeble; translated by Aaron Kerner
Two interconnected storylines about lost identities in Nazi Germany
By Richard Mabey
A fascinating, compulsively readable look at the lives — both outer and inner — of the flora all around us.
By Amina Gautier
A masterful collection of stirring, deceptively simple tales.
By Charles Lambert
This genre-bender is eerie and atmospheric but leaves way too many unanswered questions.
By José Eduardo Agualusa; translated by Daniel Hahn
A fever dream plays out amid the chaos of Angolan independence.
By Paolo Giordano; translated by Anne Milano Appel
A brief but affecting illustration that we truly do choose our loved ones.
By Ludmila Ulitskaya, translated by Polly Gannon
A vast array of characters populates this dynamic, decades-spanning Russian novel.
By Anthony Marra
Intimately connected tales of love, family, and politics weave together this lyrical collection.
By Patrick DeWitt
This kinda-sorta fairytale has humor and quirky, undeniable charm.
By Rajia Hassib
A broken family struggles to navigate the one-year anniversary of a community tragedy.
By Leslie Parry
Quirky, colorful characters inhabit this delightful novel set in late-19th-century New York City.
By Skip Horack
Knowing up front that the protagonist is doomed doesn't make his loss any easier to bear.
By John Boyne
A fictionalized exploration of a real-life church scandal, told through the eyes of an Irish priest.