Truth & Beauty: A Friendship

By: Ann Patchett Nonfiction 2004 Subject Matter: Lucy Grealy; Ewing’s sarcoma; Patients; United States; Biography; Disfigured persons; Ann Patchett; Friends and associates; Female friendship Rating: 3.5/5 Eek. I am not quite sure where to go with Truth & Beauty.

Heart of Darkness

By: Joseph Conrad Fiction 1902 Subject Matter: Europeans; Africa Rating: 3.5/5 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… Continue Reading

Leaving the Atocha Station

By: Ben Lerner Fiction 2011 Subject Matter: Poets; Americans; Spain; Self-realization; Art and literature; Madrid Rating: 4/5 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… Continue Reading

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.