Book Review: Silence by Shusaku Endo

In the realm of Christian literature, Japan does not loom large. Yet for years, I've seen Silence listed amongst the classics. Having finally read it, I find myself both wishing I'd read it years ago and glad that I read it now, in my thirties, with a few years of experience behind me. The novel… Continue reading Book Review: Silence by Shusaku Endo

Book Review: The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich

This book will be available for sale in July 2017. I read an Advance Uncorrected Proof made available by the publisher. The Unwomanly Face of War was first published in the Soviet Union in 1985 and translated into English in 1988 but, as far as I can tell, has been out of print in English… Continue reading Book Review: The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich

What I Read – December 2016

Check back tomorrow for my complete 2016 reading list, including the highlights of my reading year. (If you're into that kind of thing.) The Bellman - Heidi Barnes (Vireo Rare Bird Books, 2016) The Wonder - Emma Donoghue (Harper Collins, 2016) The Fox at the Manger - P.L. Travers (Virago Modern Classics, 2015) The Death… Continue reading What I Read – December 2016

Book Review: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Sometimes I read books and wonder if maybe I'm not quite smart enough for them. The Vegetarian is a short but complex novel. It's beautiful and brutal and I was left feeling like there was a lot more to it than what I was picking up. The Vegetarian is divided into three parts - moving… Continue reading Book Review: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

What I Read – July 2016

Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates (Vintage Contemporaries, 2008) A Tangled Web - L.M. Montgomery (Bantam Books, 1989) The Painted Kiss - Elizabeth Hickey (Atria Books, 2005) The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers - Elizabeth Pantley (McGraw Hill, 2005) Six Walks in the Fictional Wood - Umberto Eco (Harvard University Press, 1994) The Vegetarian… Continue reading What I Read – July 2016

Book Review: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Well, I finished it. I took my sweet time but I finished reading Don Quixote. I made my first attempt at Don Quixote in 2008, on the recommendation of someone whose book taste I usually agree with. I think I read most of the Part I before I sheepishly returned his copy and promptly left… Continue reading Book Review: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

What I Read – December 2015

No Great Mischief - Alistair MacLeod (W.W. Norton & Company, 2000) The Omnivore's Dilemma - Michael Pollan (Penguin Books, 2006) ...however we choose to feed ourselves, we eat by the grace of nature, not industry, and what we're eating is never anything more or less than the body of the world. Ru - Kim Thúy… Continue reading What I Read – December 2015