This Is How You Lose Her

Anyone familiar with either of Junot Díaz’s previous books will remember Yunior, the Dominican kid coming of age in Drown who goes on to become the narrator of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Back for his third starring role Díaz’s work, Yunior is the link connecting most of the stories in This Is How You LoseContinue reading “This Is How You Lose Her”

Quickies: Miles from Nowhere & The Night Circus

Miles from Nowhere by Nami Mun Publisher/Year: Riverhead, 2008 Format: Hardcover Pages: 304 Source: Purchase What it is: Set in the 1980s, a Korean immigrant named Joon is growing up in the Bronx. After her parents’ marriage falls apart and her father leaves, Joon’s mother falls into a deep depression exacerbated by mental illness. A young Joon is left toContinue reading “Quickies: Miles from Nowhere & The Night Circus”

The Chaperone

It’s 1922, and thirty-six-year-old Cora Carlisle is about to embark on a journey that will forever change her life: she is to escort petulant, fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks from Wichita to New York City for a few weeks while Louise takes dance classes at a prestigious studio. Though she’s still years away from achieving fame andContinue reading “The Chaperone”

The Little Red Guard: A Family Memoir

In 1973, when Wenguang Huang’s grandmother turned seventy-one years old, she began obsessing over her impending death; she wanted to be buried next to her husband in the countryside. There was only one problem: she lived with her only son and his family in Xi’an, China under Mao’s rule. Traditional Chinese rituals were spurned, andContinue reading “The Little Red Guard: A Family Memoir”

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”