Quickies: Waiting for the Barbarians & Taco USA

Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture by Daniel Mendelsohn Publisher/Year: New York Review Books, 2012 Format: ebook Pages: 440 Source: Publisher via NetGalley What it is: An eclectic collection of essays that analyzes everything from Greek mythology, to people’s endless fascination with memoirs, to the endless praise bestowed upon Mad Men. Why I readContinue reading “Quickies: Waiting for the Barbarians & Taco USA”

The Light Between Oceans

After serving in World War I and witnessing the deaths of many of his friends, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and finds solace working the lighthouse on the isolated island of Janus Rock. It’s a time when lighthouse keepers still served an important — albeit humble and underpaid — role, and the isolation of thisContinue reading “The Light Between Oceans”

Birds of a Lesser Paradise

One thought kept running through my head as I read Megan Mayhew Bergman’s debut short story collection: If Jennifer Egan spent a day birding with Jonathan Franzen, this is the book she’d come up with. Because seriously, if you’re an animal-loving Jennifer Egan fan, this book has your name all over it. The twelve stories thatContinue reading “Birds of a Lesser Paradise”

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf

Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf is a choreopoem that was first performed on Broadway in 1976.  Its seven characters are all black women identified only by the color of their clothing (lady in brown, lady in blue, lady in orange, etc), and each live in differentContinue reading “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf”