Pulitzer Pries: An Introduction

“For distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.” A simple directive, but one that has inspired hundreds of writers and has changed the course of literature itself. The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, which began in 1918 (as a prize for the novel) and continues to this day, is considered one ofContinue reading “Pulitzer Pries: An Introduction”

PULITZER PRIES: The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington (1919)

“Major Amberson had ‘made a fortune’ in 1873, when other people were losing fortunes, and the magnificence of the Ambersons began then”. In the one hundred year history of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, there have been only three writers that have won multiple times. Two are familiar names. William Faulkner for his WWI novel AContinue reading “PULITZER PRIES: The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington (1919)”

PULITZER PRIES: His Family by Ernest Poole (1918)

“He was thinking of the town he had known.” As many know, the Pulitzer Prize began as a journalism prize, named for the media stalwart Joseph Pulitzer. Pulitzer, a Hungarian immigrant to the United States, was known for investigative reporting, a political career, and eventually for sensationalist media known as ‘yellow journalism’. He left endowmentsContinue reading “PULITZER PRIES: His Family by Ernest Poole (1918)”

Born a Crime–Stories from a South African Childhood: Trevor Noah

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus when it comes to posting on this blog, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading. Rather, I’ve noticed an interesting shift in my reading habits in the past few weeks. I’ve had a lifelong love for fiction, particularly literary fiction, and I found myself gravitating moreContinue reading “Born a Crime–Stories from a South African Childhood: Trevor Noah”

BookCon Freebies!

This past June I had the chance to go to BookCon, an annual convention for writers, publishers, and book lovers all over the country. Now that I live in New York it feels there are events like this everywhere, and while ComicCon skews a little too nerdy for me, BookCon seemed right up my alley.Continue reading “BookCon Freebies!”

A Visit from the Goon Squad: Jennifer Egan

I was drawn in by the hype for this one. A Pulitzer Prize winning novel with the mass appeal of rock stars, drugs, warfare, and celebrity culture? How couldn’t I like this one? Multiple friends recommended it as well, and I found this copy for less than four dollars. There was no reason not toContinue reading “A Visit from the Goon Squad: Jennifer Egan”

The Buddha of Suburbia: Hanif Kureishi

A few weeks ago I joined a book discussion group on Discord, in hopes of hearing from fellow readers about books I normally wouldn’t have picked up. The first suggestion was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which I had already read some years ago. The second was this, The Buddha of Suburbia, the debut novelContinue reading “The Buddha of Suburbia: Hanif Kureishi”

You Are A Badass: Jen Sincero

I’m new to reviewing nonfiction, partially because I’m fairly new at reading it. Self-help books especially aren’t my forte, as I usually turn to blog posts and Dear Abby columns when I’m in need of advice. But I read this book, cover to cover, since it had been recommended and I received a copy forContinue reading “You Are A Badass: Jen Sincero”

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: Jonathan Safran Foer

This one was another recommendation from my fiance, who read this book for a high school English class and remembers it fondly to this day. Yes, I realize there’s a movie as well. No, I haven’t seen it. I’ve heard it’s treacly bloated award bait, though it does have Tom Hanks, which is always aContinue reading “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: Jonathan Safran Foer”

The Trumpet of the Swan: E.B. White (Childhood Favorites)

Like a lot of people, I read voraciously in childhood. My mom likes to say that I would read any cereal box in front of me, any newspaper ad. Still, there were some standout books from my early years that I cherish to this day. I thought I’d devote a handful of reviews to someContinue reading “The Trumpet of the Swan: E.B. White (Childhood Favorites)”