Quickies: Home & The Virgin Suicides

Home by Toni Morrison Publisher/Year: Knopf, 2012 Format: Hardcover Pages: 160 Source: Purchase What it is: A novella about a traumatized Korean War veteran’s return home — both literally and figuratively — upon hearing disturbing news about his sister. Why I read it: Toni Morrison is one of my favorite authors. What I thought: It’s been a while since I’ve read aContinue reading “Quickies: Home & The Virgin Suicides”

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

I didn’t think I was going to like The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay when I first started it. Little did I know that it would soon become one of my favorite reads of 2011. The book had been on my TBR list for years, and I finally picked it up for my Pulitzer 1sContinue reading “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay”

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Now that my 2011 Year in Review is behind me, I’m kicking off 2012 with a book that’s near and dear to my heart. Y’all know I love Junot. I’ve read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao twice (some parts way more than that), I’ve used excerpts of it in the classroom (point ofContinue reading “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”

The Marriage Plot

To say that Jeffrey Eugenides’ latest novel, The Marriage Plot, has an air of pretension would probably be an understatement. It revolves around the lives of Brown University students. Pages upon pages are devoted to literary criticism, semiotics, religious theory, and biology. One of the main characters, an intelligent man battling manic depression, wallows in narcissisticContinue reading “The Marriage Plot”

Quickies: The White Tiger & The Girl in the Flammable Skirt

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga Publisher/Year: Tantor Media, 2008 Format: Audiobook Source: Library What it is: A novel revolving around Balram Halwai, a successful entrepreneur who was able to establish himself even though he came from humble means. He finds work as a chauffeur for a wealthy family, which provides an enlightening peek into the servants’Continue reading “Quickies: The White Tiger & The Girl in the Flammable Skirt”