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)”

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)”

The Vegetarian: Han Kang

I’m usually good about saving money, but I do have a weakness: books. I try to buy used or sale books whenever possible, but every now and then I find myself unable to resist an attractive cover and intriguing premise. I passed by The Vegetarian for months and finally succumbed.  I have little experience withContinue reading “The Vegetarian: Han Kang”

The Year of Magical Thinking: Joan Didion

There is a folk singer named Phil Elverum, also known as Mount Eerie, who released an album last year entitled A Crow Looked at Me. The album was a raw, aching exploration of his own feelings after the death of his wife. I never listened to the whole album. In fact, I could barely getContinue reading “The Year of Magical Thinking: Joan Didion”

Londonstani: Gautam Malkani

I’ve reviewed a fair number of books that kept me interested for hundreds of pages, only to sputter out at the ending. Today, I found the opposite. Like many of my books, I found Londonstani at a used bookstore. I was intrigued by the cover, thinking at first that someone had drawn all over itContinue reading “Londonstani: Gautam Malkani”