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”


This August marked the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death. Monroe is a woman who attained icon status early in her short career, and whose role in pop culture has since reached mythical proportions. Published in 2001, Joyce Carol Oates’s Blonde reimagines Monroe’s life, from her troubled childhood to her whirlwind rise to stardom, andContinue reading “Blonde”

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”

Rabbit is Rich

You know how sometimes you come across an artist — photographer, singer, filmmaker, author, whatever — who creates something offensive and abhorrent, who then gets all self-righteous like, “Don’t conflate the artist with the art,” but deep down you feel it that the person is really just an asshole using the I’m An Artiste andContinue reading “Rabbit is Rich”

Little Women

Little Women was the July selection for the Year of Feminist Classics reading project, so this post less review-y and more of a response to a larger online conversation going on at the YoFC blog — beware of spoilers! Up until a couple of weeks ago, I’m pretty sure I was one of the few people onContinue reading “Little Women”