Book Review: I Carried You Home by Alan Gibney

I plucked this novel off the library shelf based solely on the fact that the blurb on the cover was from Esi Edugyan, an author whose work I admire. While the story didn't quite live up to my expectations it was still an interestingly-told tale. Our narrator is Ashe, fifteen years old, and the story… Continue reading Book Review: I Carried You Home by Alan Gibney

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Book Review: Reflections on the Psalms by C.S. Lewis

I started (an attempt at least) to read a Psalm before bed every night in the fall. So it seemed like the perfect time to read this lesser known work of C.S. Lewis. In typical, self-deprecating Lewis fashion, he begins by explaining why he's not really qualified but here are some of his thoughts anyway.… Continue reading Book Review: Reflections on the Psalms by C.S. Lewis

Book Review: The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Picador, 2015)

I wasn't familiar with Paul Beatty's work before this past year when he became the first American to win the Man Booker Prize. Once I heard a little more about his style, I was eager to read The Sellout and it happily did not disappoint. The Sellout is satirical, uncomfortable, entertaining, eye-opening, and sometimes confusing.… Continue reading Book Review: The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Picador, 2015)

Book Review: News of the World by Paulette Jiles

In post-Civil War Texas, the world is still a rough and lawless place. Information spreads slowly and divides run deep and dangerous. Captain Kidd - a veteran of two wars and a witness of more - travels from town to town and reads the news. In our world of instant information it's difficult to imagine… Continue reading Book Review: News of the World by Paulette Jiles

“The Lord was with Joseph”

We've lurched our way into 2017 in our household with bad colds for Pearl and I. Peter and I made it to 10:30 on New Year's Eve and I spent most of January 1st in bed. Pearl picked up the illness from me and has had a rough couple of nights recently. Despite that, I'm… Continue reading “The Lord was with Joseph”

Book Review: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Having read Room a few years ago, this is my second read from Emma Donoghue. Although vastly different stories they share a powerful sense of tension and showcase how compelling a writer Donoghue is. Lib Wright arives in a tiny, rural Irish town, hired from England as a private nurse for exactly two weeks. Trained… Continue reading Book Review: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Book Review: On the Shores of Darkness, There is Light by Cordelia Strube

I picked this book up several times, read the blurb on the back, and put it back before I finally decided to read it. What turned me off was the description of the main character, Harriet, as "11 going on 30"; in general, I don't enjoy stories about overly precocious, wise-beyond-their-years children. What eventually turned… Continue reading Book Review: On the Shores of Darkness, There is Light by Cordelia Strube