To the Bright Edge of the World

Set mostly in the late nineteenth century, Eowyn Ivey’s latest novel is set in motion when Colonel Allen Forrester receives a commission to go deep into the Alaskan wilderness to find a way north through the Wolverine River. It is a dangerous task that has never been done before, but if he and his tinyContinue reading “To the Bright Edge of the World”

From the Mouth of the Whale

Greetings from Reykjavik! For the next month, I’ll be blogging from Europe! Infused with magical realism, the superstitions from centuries past, and grim Icelandic history, Sjón’s From the Mouth of the Whale is a book that defies categorization. Beginning in 1635, the book that follows the life of Jónas Palmason the Learned. Palmason is aContinue reading “From the Mouth of the Whale”

Quickies: A Guide to Being Born & The Great Gatsby

A Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel Publisher/Year: Riverhead, 2013 Format: ARC Pages: 208 Source: Publisher What it is: A collection of eleven strange short stories related to the cycle of life. The stories are organized into four themes: birth, gestation, conception, and love. Why I read it: Ausubel has been on my radarContinue reading “Quickies: A Guide to Being Born & The Great Gatsby”

Quickies: Like Water for Chocolate and Chicano! the History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel Publisher/Year: Books on Tape, 1993 Format: Audiobook Length: 5 hours, 56 minutes Narrated by: Kate Reading Source: Library What it is: Set on a Mexican ranch at the turn of the century, Mama Elena keeps a tight leash on her daughters. Tita has it the worst; she is expected to spend the rest of herContinue reading “Quickies: Like Water for Chocolate and Chicano! the History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement”