Post Tagged with: "Reviews"

/ March 7, 2013 9:00 am

Re-Reading Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

I first read Things Fall Apart in a World Civilizations course at Westmont College. World Civ was supposed to be one of the most challenging classes at Westmont, at least as far as gen eds were concerned, so I decided to take it during a Mayterm when I had nothing else going on. True to reputation, that class involved a […]

/ February 8, 2013 11:18 am

Review: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

Peter Nimble is quite possibly the greatest thief in the whole world. He’s also 10 years old. And an orphan. Oh, and, he has no eyes. Sad? Yes. Perfect beginning to the most awesome children’s novel you’ve read since Harry Potter/Lemony Snicket? Most definitely. Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes (2011) is Jonathan Auxier’s first novel, and it is one […]

/ January 30, 2013 11:42 am

Review: Wait Till Next Year

Guess what guys? I am not the only female writer who totally adores baseball! I mean, I know it’s Super Bowl season (GO NINERS!) and spring training doesn’t start for another few weeks, but I have to share with you this memoir I just read by Doris Kearns Goodwin called Wait Till Next Year (1998). Based on the cover, I […]

/ November 23, 2012 9:00 am

The 5 Books for Which I’m Most Thankful

I know it’s cliche, but I thought, given that it’s Thanksgiving week, I’d write about some books for which I’m thankful in lieu of an typical review. Have you ever had that experience where you pick up a book and begin to read and it’s like the author wrote it just for you? Maybe it even feels like a voice […]

/ November 15, 2012 10:44 am

Salvage the Bones: More of An Acknowledgement Than A Review

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the storms that came, unfortunately, to join it, I decided to talk to my students about the idea of “bearing witness” as a legitimate gesture in the movement toward social justice. On my way to work earlier that week, I was listening to NPR and the host was relating, in detail, the ways […]

/ October 23, 2012 8:30 am

The Collective: Don Lee’s Daring Journey Into the Minds of Snooty Asian Hipsters

Remember when you were a hyper-intellectual college student and had everything figured out and were totally annoyed with rest of the world for being so clueless? And remember how just the other day you were getting a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks (soy milk, of course) and you ran into some of those late-adolescent idiots and were like, “Okay, I […]

/ October 9, 2012 10:27 am

Where’d You Go, Bernadette; or, The Real Housewives of Microsoft County

Finally! I have a super fun book for you guys. Super fun! I would say it’s great “summer reading,” but summer has already passed so maybe that isn’t the best selling point. Unless you’re in Southern California and you’re still spending your afternoons by the pool because, no matter how much you may want to start wearing your cardigans, it’s […]

/ October 3, 2012 8:30 am

Smashed: When Girls Go Wild, and then Recover and Become Authors

We haven’t done a memoir in a while, right? Cool. I’m feeling in the mood. Plus, my gentleman friend and I just finished reading one (I read out loud to him. Sooooo cute, right? Totes adorb.) Translation: it’s convenient. Thing is, you’ve probably never heard of this book. And I don’t mean that in a ‘How Many Hipsters Does It […]

/ August 27, 2012 9:43 am

The Brothers K: Not a Russian Tragedy After All

A coworker recently lent me Chad Harbach’s novel The Art of Fielding (2011). I’m not very far into it yet, but hopefully I’ll have a review for you sometime soon. In the meantime, Harbach’s book, being about baseball (among other things), inspired me to take a look back at one of my favorite novels of all time: The Brothers K by David James Duncan […]

/ August 17, 2012 11:26 am

Holden Caulfield: The Original Teenage Dirtbag

It will probably come as no surprise that I was one of those kids who read, and finished, every book assigned to me in high school. It’s not as if I actually enjoyed them all; I was just…dutiful. Dutiful to the tune of almost straight A’s (I’m lookin’ at you, AP US History) which got me into a well-regarded and […]