The Uncollected David Rakoff

Even though he was a fairly prolific writer and frequent guest of This American Life, I didn’t know of David Rakoff until the publication of his last book, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish. It won numerous well-deserved accolades (I loved it), but the book was obviously bittersweet for longtime Rakoff fans; he died of cancerContinue reading “The Uncollected David Rakoff”

The Keep

Twenty years after a terrifying childhood prank taken too far, cousins Danny and Howie meet again in Eastern Europe to renovate a crumbling medieval castle. The tables are now turned: the once-scrawny, awkward Howie — a childhood victim of his cousins’ bullying — is now a handsome millionaire, while Danny is thirty-something NYC hipster withContinue reading “The Keep”

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”

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”