Book Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

I read The Underground Railroad in the spring before the author, Colson Whitehead, visited my library for an author talk. Whitehead was booked to speak for our library almost a year before his book won both the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2016 National Book Award, the first book to win both in the … More Book Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Book Review: The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal

Siegal wrote The Anatomy Lesson as if this were a thesis her university wouldn’t let her defend. The book is titled after Rembrant’s work, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, painted in 1632; the main character of the book is the corpse being dissected in the painting. Compelling idea, to have the criminal in the painting … More Book Review: The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal

Book Review: The Signature of All Things

Elizabeth Gilbert is a talented author: she wrote a book with an extremely unclear plot, but one which I was compelled to finish to the 523rd page. The Signature of All Things is largely the life-long story of Alma Whittaker, the fictitious daughter of a fictitious upstart businessman who made his somewhat unscrupulous fortune through … More Book Review: The Signature of All Things

The Thief Lord

Cornelia Funke’s stand-alone adventure, The Thief Lord, is a lovely read for all ages. Set in Venice, a group of orphans and runaways tries to fend for themselves with the help of their mysterious leader, the Thief Lord. Though Funke’s story relies on some familiar juvenile fiction motifs – namely, orphans – she delves deeper into … More The Thief Lord

Paradise of the Pacific: Approaching Hawaii by Susanna Moore

Sometimes, you just can’t make it to the end of the book. For me, I can’t finish Paradise of the Pacific: Approaching Hawaii by Susanna Moore. With one measly section to go, I find myself unwilling to spend one more minute on the book. I’ve been working on it for over a month. This doesn’t mean … More Paradise of the Pacific: Approaching Hawaii by Susanna Moore