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

Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

While World War fiction is at the top of my Least Favorite Genres list, in the last three months I’ve read two novels that fall into the category. I feel the genre is completely oversaturated and therefore an abundance of World War fiction recycles many similar themes and tropes. I become numb to the actual history … More Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Book Review: Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier writes historic fiction that isn’t laughably romanticized nor suspiciously unbelievable. Like her more popular novels, The Lady and the Unicorn and The Girl with the Pearl Earring, Burning Bright uses the backdoor approach to historical fiction. Instead of being with the king in his chambers amidst the turmoil of European revolution, we’re in a crowded … More Book Review: Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier