December 13, 2016

Toni Morrison, born Chloe Anthony Wofford, has written over a dozen different fiction novels and over a half-dozen non-fiction novels in her lifetime, most notably: BelovedSong of SolomonThe Bluest Eye, and the book on which this review focuses, Sula. While Morrison focuses on the experience of the African-American community in general, the Nobel Committee noted that her novels “give life to an essential aspect of American reality.” ("The Nobel Prize in Literature 1993", 2014) Morrison herse...

July 8, 2016

“Family is family. Whether it’s the one you start out with… the one that you end up with… or the family that you gain along the way.”

- Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Modern Family -

Death. It comes for everyone. It never seems fair, no matter how old or young, sick or healthy, mean or good a person is. All the Time in the World by Caroline Angell begins with a death. As the reader, the outsider, you don’t yet understand or fully appreciate what this death means, but as you read on, you will grieve; yo...

January 28, 2016

“The most destructive or constructive actions begin with a single thought. And, ultimately, a single action can decide the direction our lives take. And our deaths.”

 

Firstlife by Gena Showalter is not what I expected it to be – in a good way. Admittedly, I was drawn in by the cover. It’s eye-catching! I knew the overall story arc dealt with the battle between good and evil, but with Gena Showalter being the author of steamy romances, I was caught off guard by the parallels the story drew to Bibl...

January 27, 2016

Wow! Where do I start in describing my experience with reading Speak by Louisa Hall? I should first explain that I am a Communications major, with additional fascination in the advancement of Artificial Intelligence, so to find a book that touches on the possible negative implications that AI could have on the way we communicate with each other – and with our own selves – reading it was impossible to resist!

 

It’s a bit difficult to summarize this book any better than has already been done in oth...

May 21, 2015

 Though she was but a sleepy toddler standing at the top of the stairs, Apple remembers vividly the Christmas Eve her mother left without so much as a word good-bye. She is thirteen now, and has been living with her Nana, who is attentive and loving (and perhaps a mite too strict for her taste,) and she has a loyal best friend in Pilar, but she has always been aware of the mom-shaped hole in her life. So, when her mom shows up out of the blue one day, fresh from America as a wanna-be actress, it...

April 30, 2015

 

There were a couple times that I thought I wouldn't be able to finish The Secret Sky, not because it is a bad or poorly-written book, but because it landed gut-punches with its gritty realism. It's a love story, yes, but one of forbidden love in a country where simply being seen in the presence of the opposite sex can result in public beatings, bodily mutilation, or even death. Fatima is a Hazara, a Shia, and a peasant farmer's daughter. Samiullah (Sami for short) is a a Pashtun, a Sunni, and t...

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