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A Love Letter to The Great Gatsby (#JazzAgeJan)

Posted January 21, 2015 in Reviews / 12 Comments
A Love Letter to The Great Gatsby (#JazzAgeJan)

My dearest Gatsby, I just can’t get enough of you. We’ve had four exquisite trysts, each one better than the last. We first met when I was a pretentious college sophomore who thought reading the modern classics would make me ‘interesting’ and an ‘intellectual.’ I wasn’t quite ready for a relationship with you, though, and I returned you to the library without a backward glance. Two years later I came crawling back after a lit. class renewed my interest — and […]

Five Special Things About Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman

Posted January 5, 2015 in Reviews / 12 Comments
Five Special Things About Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman

I first read Megan Mayhew Bergman in 2012, when her debut short story collection, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, came out. I really enjoyed the way Bergman wrote about the relationships humans have with animals, and I was very excited when I heard she would be releasing a new book in early 2015. And my anticipation ramped up even more when I learned it would be called Almost Famous Women! Stories about women on the fringes of history are one of my kryptonites, and […]

Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Posted May 5, 2014 in Reviews / 34 Comments
Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Marie-Laure grows up in Paris with her father, the master of locks at the Museum of Natural History. Although she is blind, she is fascinated by the mysterious beauty of nature, and she delights in the smell of ocean mollusks and touching the tiny coils of snails. Her father builds her a wooden model of their neighborhood so she can memorize the streets by touch and learn to navigate on her own. When World War II closes in on Paris, […]

Book Review: The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

Posted April 28, 2014 in Reviews / 17 Comments
Book Review: The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

While on a plane to Helsinki, where her famous author husband will receive a major literary prize, Joan Castleman finally decides to leave the man she has spent most of her life with. From her seat in first class, she reminisces about her life with Joe, which started when she was a student at Smith College in the 1950s. When Joan walks into her creative writing class at Smith, she is immediately drawn to Joe, the charming young professor. Joe, […]

Jazz Age January 2014: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Posted February 6, 2014 in Blogging & Challenges, Reviews / 6 Comments
Jazz Age January 2014: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I hadn’t planned on re-reading The Great Gatsby, but after finishing Careless People, a book about Gatsby‘s creation, I couldn’t resist! I’ve read this book twice before, and I was eager to re-read it hot on the heals of a book about the factors that influenced its writing. I wrote about this book last time I read it, two years ago, but I thought I’d revisit it for Jazz Age January! This post contains spoilers. In 1922, Nick Carroway moves from his midwestern […]

Jazz Age January 2014: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Posted January 17, 2014 in Blogging & Challenges, Reviews / 18 Comments
Jazz Age January 2014: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

A Moveable Feast is the first Hemingway book I’ve read since my high school English class reading of A Farewell to Arms, and although I enjoyed it, I’m not sure it was the best place to start reading his work. Unfinished and published posthumously, A Moveable Feast is Hemingway’s memoir of his time spent in Paris with his fist wife Hadley in the early 1920s. Also included in this “restored edition” are many Paris sketches that I think weren’t meant to be […]

Book Review: Mad Girl’s Love Song by Andrew Wilson

Posted March 6, 2013 in Reviews / 17 Comments
Book Review: Mad Girl’s Love Song by Andrew Wilson

Sylvia Plath is a literary icon known for her confessional poetry, her autobiographical novel The Bell Jar, her tumultuous relationship with her husband and fellow poet Ted Hughes, and her tragic suicide at the age of 30. In this new biography of the poet, released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of her death, Andrew Wilson tells the story of Sylvia Plath’s early life. Before she met Ted at the age of 23, Plath led a complex, creative life full of […]

Book Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Posted February 13, 2012 in Reviews / 7 Comments
Book Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I first read The Great Gatsby my sophomore year of college, over two years ago. I read most of it while laying on a blanket in the sun outside my dorm, and I enjoyed it, but it didn’t really leave any lasting impression on me. I wasn’t struck by the “this is the greatest book of the 20th century” lighting bolt. The book faded from my mind until my English professor (I’m taking Modern American Literature) started referencing it while […]