By: Ann Patchett
Subject Matter: Lucy Grealy; Ewing’s sarcoma; Patients; United States; Biography; Disfigured persons; Ann Patchett; Friends and associates; Female friendship
I am not quite sure where to go with Truth & Beauty. Continue Reading
By: Joseph Conrad
Subject Matter: Europeans; Africa
Every time I read a classic like Heart of Darkness, I get to the awkward moment of rating it.
And to be honest, I kind of arbitrarily assign it a rating based on how much I enjoyed it. We know the writing is up to snuff – it’s stood the test of time already. So I just kind of go with how it made me feel, would I re-read, will I tell my friends to read it, etc. Continue Reading
By: Jessica Gregson
Subject Matter: Women; Hungary; Self-realization in women; World War; 1914-1918; Women murderers
You guys. Maybe it’s just that I’m in the process of reading an Alice Munro collection so everything else doesn’t seem to be measuring up, but I’m just feeling really blah about this book. Continue Reading
By: Ben Lerner
Subject Matter: Poets; Americans; Spain; Self-realization; Art and literature; Madrid
On the surface, Leaving the Atocha Station is everything I typically hate: it’s a semi-autobiographical novel written by a poet about a whiny poet with self-effacing and self-destructive tendencies. Continue Reading
At my office, there’s an awful lot of podcasting. Meaning, I listen to an awful lot of podcasts at work. Continue Reading
By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Have you heard of The Shadow of the Wind? Continue Reading
By: Franz Kafka
Here’s where I admit that – English major though I may be – I have never before read anything by Kafka and am not even entirely certain what the adjective Kafkaesque means. Continue Reading
Edited by: Andrew Carroll
Subject Matter: American letters; United States; Civilization
WHAT A BOOK.
I am delighted to have had the extreme pleasure of reading Letters of a Nation. Continue Reading
By: Nicholas Sparks
Anybody heard of Nicholas Sparks?
Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.
We all have. (If you’re not sure, just think The Notebook.) Continue Reading