By: Alice Munro Fiction 2014 Subject Matter: 1931; Love of a good woman Rating: 4/5 I read “The View from Castle Rock” in high school and have been trying desperately to get back to Alice Munro ever since.
By: Margaret Atwood Fiction 1986 Rating: 3/5 I know, I know. I’m super behind on this one.
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.
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
By: Jessica Gregson Fiction 2011 Subject Matter: Women; Hungary; Self-realization in women; World War; 1914-1918; Women murderers Rating: 3/5 You guys. Maybe it’s just that I’m in the process of reading an Alice Munro collection so everything else doesn’t seem… Continue Reading
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
At my office, there’s an awful lot of podcasting. Meaning, I listen to an awful lot of podcasts at work.
By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon The Cemetery of Forgotten Books Book 1 2001 Fiction Rating: 3.5/5 Have you heard of The Shadow of the Wind?
By: Franz Kafka 1925 Fiction Rating: 3/5 Oy. 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.
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.