Immigrant Experience: The Namesake & Girl in Translation

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri The Namesake is a novel about family ties, heritage, and generational divides. The book begins with Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli, newlywed Bengali immigrants, attempting to assimilate into their new life in New England. Ashima in particular has a hard time coping with the new way of life, but the coupleContinue reading “Immigrant Experience: The Namesake & Girl in Translation”

Black Like Me

In 1959, John Howard Griffin (a white journalist) developed and participated in a controversial experiment.  Curious to learn what life was like for black people in the South, he darkened his skin with medication and dye, then headed on a six-week-long journey through the south.  Black Like Me is an autobiographical account of Griffin’s experiences. Continue reading “Black Like Me”

On Chesil Beach

It’s intriguing how Ian McEwan is able to turn a single fleeting event into a short novel.  On Chesil Beach is about a couple of British newlyweds in 1962; Edward and Florence are virgins, very inexperienced when it comes to expressions of sexuality.  All of these sexual inhibitions culminate as they attempt to have sexContinue reading “On Chesil Beach”

Lord of the Flies & Little Bee

Though I was never assigned to read it in school, Sir William Golding’s Lord of the Flies is one of those books I’d always heard my (male) classmates rave about.  To this day, one of my friends claims it’s his favorite book ever. I can see why the book would appeal so much to teenContinue reading “Lord of the Flies & Little Bee”