Tag Archive: Literature

Which Alexander McCall Smith Series?

I recently tried to read Corduroy Mansions, the first book in a series by Alexander McCall Smith. As you may recall, I love Smith’s work. But after starting, and then stopping, this book,… Continue reading

On Beauty Is a Novel

As I begin reading Zadie Smith’s first novel White Teeth (2000), I realize that I have not yet posted about reading her book On Beauty (2005). For some reason, when I opened it,… Continue reading

Literary Jerks

Did you know that many of the “great” male authors were also jerks? I learned this while reading a poignant piece on motherhood and art called “Mother, Writer, Monster, Maid” by Rufi Thorpe.… Continue reading

Loving the Books of Rita Williams-Garcia

My kids and I are ready for summer. Perhaps even a “crazy summer.” But I suspect that any summer plans we make or carry out will not be as crazy as the summer… Continue reading

Literary Wives: The “Happy” Marriage?

The ironic title The Happy Marriage (2016), a novel by Tahar Ben Jelloun, is not as ironic as it seems. On the surface, “that’s the weak point of our marriage: the lack of… Continue reading

My Best Friends’ Favorite Books

I love and admire many people, too many to include in this one post. This is a list of my best friends’ favorite books. I wanted to know what they love. (I may… Continue reading

Tearing Off Book Spines?

In early January, I visited Austin, Texas, for a national conference in my field. I had a few job interviews for assistant professor positions while there, and I ate a lot of good… Continue reading

Oh My

We finished reading Lord of the Flies (1954), number 49 on the BBC book list, by William Golding. I read it to my 11-year-old daughter, who has been recovering from a tonsillectomy and… Continue reading

Full Shelves

I’m visiting a university today as part of the job process in finding an assistant professor position in an English department. I have some free time until my next appointment, and the department… Continue reading

On My Bookshelf, No. 13

To see previous posts in this series, click here. This is my bookshelf. Here is a snippet of what’s on it, ten at a time.   A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943) by… Continue reading