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”

And the Mountains Echoed

Khaled Hosseini’s latest novel, And the Mountains Echoed, begins with a bedtime story about a difficult decision. Could a father give up his favorite child in order to save all of his other children, even though it would mean a certain death for his favorite child? The story sets the tone for the rest ofContinue reading “And the Mountains Echoed”

The Miniature Wife: And Other Stories

Zombies, merciless shrinking spouses, and intergalactic warfare…just another typical day for the characters in Manuel Gonzales’s debut short story collection, The Miniature Wife: And Other Stories. The eighteen stories in this collection are at turns darkly humorous and really strange, throwing readers for a loop in very unexpected ways. The book pretty much had meContinue reading “The Miniature Wife: And Other Stories”

The End of Men: And the Rise of Women

Contrary to what more than a few online reactions would have you believe, in no way does Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men imply that the obliteration of men and the rise of an all-powerful, misandrist matriarchy is imminent. Let’s just get that out of the way right up front. The provocative title stems from an articleContinue reading “The End of Men: And the Rise of Women”