Letters of a Nation: A Collection of Extraordinary American Letters

Edited by: Andrew Carroll Nonfiction 1997 Subject Matter: American letters; United States; Civilization Rating: 5/5 WHAT A BOOK. Wow. I am delighted to have had the extreme pleasure of reading Letters of a Nation.

Life and Times of Jesse James

By: Frank Triplett 1882 (originally) Nonfiction Rating: 4/5 Sheer entertainment. That’s how I’d describe the Life and Times of Jesse James. Frank Triplett is something else. With probably the most widely recognizable name of all the members of the notorious… Continue Reading

The Nightingale

By: Kristin Hannah 2015 Fiction Rating: 3/5 After hearing all the hype about The Nightingale, my grandmother gave me this book as a gift. Out of respect, I read it dutifully, though I usually steer far clear of contemporary best… Continue Reading

The Crimson Petal and the White

By: Michel Faber 2002 Fiction Subject Matter: Great Britain; History; Victoria, 1837-1901; Perfumes industry; London; England; Young women; Prostitutes Rating: 4/5   The first thing I did after finishing this book was sit back and take a long, deep breath.… Continue Reading

Outlander

By: Diana Gabaldon Outlander Series Book 1 1991 Fiction Rating: 4/5   I’m actually very shocked I gave Outlander a four-star rating. I was given this book to read on vacation by a friend who started it but couldn’t bring… Continue Reading

The Complete Persepolis

Persepolis 1 Persepolis 2 Persepolis 3 Persepolis 4 By: Marjane Satrapi 2000 Nonfiction Subject Matter: Comic books; Comic strips; Persepolis Rating: 3/5 One first important point: Persepolis is a graphic novel. Graphic novels always frustrate me. I never really know… Continue Reading

Invisible Cities

By: Italo Calvino 1972 Fiction Subject matter: Marco Polo; Kublai Khan Rating: 5/5   Invisible Cities is incredible. Just incredible. I had no idea what to expect going into this novel, but what I got was something that rocked my… Continue Reading

Death and the King’s Horseman

By: Wole Soyinka 1975 Drama Subject Matter: Elesin; Nigeria; History Rating: 4/5   Much like my last post about Woza Albert!, there is a lot of social commentary going on in Death and the King’s Horseman. And, again, I’m not… Continue Reading