Quickies: On the Come UpLess

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas Publisher/Year: HarperAudio, 2019 Format: Audiobook Narrator: Bahni Turpin Length: 11 hours, 43 minutes Source: Library What it is: A young adult novel about a 16-year-old girl named Bri who wants to become the next great rapper. Her father was a rapper who died before his time, but she doesn’t want to be a miniContinue reading “Quickies: On the Come UpLess

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive

Kicked out of an abusive relationship with a young daughter in tow, Stephanie Land was able to stay temporarily stay with her father and his girlfriend, but they were also struggling to get by. Her father was also abusive, and the presence of his daughter and granddaughter was creating even more of a strain. KickedContinue reading “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive”

Burial Rites

Set in 1829 and based on a true story, Burial Rites follows the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last woman who was executed in Iceland. Having been convicted of murdering her former master, Natan, Agnes is sent to an isolated farm to await her execution. The family who owns the farm is horrified by this turnContinue reading “Burial Rites”

The Broom of the System

So. The first–and last–time I read something by David Foster Wallace was back in 2009, when I read Infinite Jest as a participant in Infinite Summer (except, for me, it turned into Infinite Year). I liked the book even when I hated it, and I knew I’d be reading more DFW in the future. EvenContinue reading “The Broom of the System”