Literary Wives: An American Marriage

The marriage of Celestial and Roy is mediated by bars: prison bars. They are a young black couple who is torn apart when Roy is falsely accused of rape (Celestial was with him when it was supposed to have happened) and he is sentenced to 12 years in prison. After he is incarcerated (a very... Continue Reading →

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Reading Internationally

When I was working on my Master's degree, I took a world literature class in which we read books by Anita Desai (Indian), Khaled Hosseini (Afghan-born American), and Edna O'Brien (Irish). I've also engaged with more popular and award-winning authors, like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigerian) and Jhumpa Lahiri (American of Indian origin). Nevertheless, I really... Continue Reading →

What I Read in August 2018

Here is my August reading wrap-up in five-word "reviews." True Grit by Charles Portis: rare case movie was better Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan: excess, snobbery almost ruin love The Last Man by Mary Shelley: lonely rambling epic of philosophy Friends and Relations by Elizabeth Bowen: dense prose describes English families The Quiet Side... Continue Reading →

Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy

I've been enjoying the trilogy by Kevin Kwan that starts with the book Crazy Rich Asians. I wanted to read them before seeing the new movie, and I've had a lot of fun doing so. They aren't great literature. They aren't full of redeeming philosophies. But they are entertaining. Reading them is a guilty pleasure!... Continue Reading →

What I Read in June & July 2018

I’ve been calling these my five-word reviews, but sometimes they are descriptive rather than evaluative. In fact, that is what happens most of the time; I guess these are really summaries. Anyway, here’s what I read in June and July!   June Idaho by Emily Ruskovich: murder and family don’t mix Stay with Me by... Continue Reading →

Read William Keepers Maxwell

“The older you get, the less courage you have.” —William Keepers Maxwell I am in love with Maxwell’s writing. They Came Like Swallows (1937) is a reread for me. (And many thanks to my good friend Toni for introducing me to this lovely novel.) So Long, See You Tomorrow (1979) is a new read for me.... Continue Reading →

What I Read in April & May 2018

Here are my five-word book reviews of what I read this April and May. Here's April. 📚 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: Seems Lighthearted, Has a Twist 📚 Educated by Tara Westover: Journey Away from Messy Family (I can relate!) 📚 The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch: Comedy of Errors Meets Hamlet 📚 Thimble Summer by... Continue Reading →

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