Book Review for “Quicksand & Passing” by Nella Larsen. Summary: “Quicksand, written in 1928, is an autobiographical novel about Helga Crane, a mixed-race woman caught between fulfilling her desires and gaining respectability in her middle-class neighborhood. Written a year later, Passing tells the story of two childhood friends, Clare and Irene, both light-skinned enough to … Continue reading In Their Own Skins.
Book Review for “To be a Man: Stories” by Nicole Krauss. Summary: “In one of her strongest works of fiction yet, Nicole Krauss plunges fearlessly into the struggle to understand what it is to be a man and what it is to be a woman, and the arising tensions that have existed from the very … Continue reading … Or a woman
Book Review for “A House in the Country” by Ruth Adam. Summary: “Six friends have spent the dark, deprived years of World War II fantasizing – in air raid shelters and food queues – about an idyllic life in a massive country house. With the coming of peace, they seize on a seductive newspaper ad … Continue reading Living in a White Elephant.
Book review of "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller. Joseph Heller published this best-selling novel in 1961, and it is the only book I’ve ever read more than once. It is also one of the first books that come to mind when someone asks me to name my favorite book of all time (along with Ondaatje’s novels … Continue reading My 300th Post – Review of a Modern Classic
Book Review of "Letters from the Fire" by Alma Alexandra Hromic and R. A. Deckert During the NATO bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, also known as "Operation Allied Force," two people "meet" on an internet newsgroup – one is a woman in Yugoslavia, watching the bombing of her homeland by NATO forces. The … Continue reading Burning and Building Bridges
Book Review of "The Cat's Table" by Michael Ondaatje. Michael Ondaatje (author of "The English Patient"), has a distinctively unique style to his writing. His literary voice is poetic and fluid, yet also highly accessible. This comes through in all his writing, giving his work a deceptively simplistic feel, while remaining evocatively beautiful. However, he … Continue reading 21 days on an Ocean Liner with an 11-year-old boy