11.19.2017

Review: Don't Tell Me What to Do

Don't Tell Me What to Do Don't Tell Me What to Do by Dina Del Bucchia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What other things can be said about a book that sparkles already with shiny women characters like pearls and gems? I love them all through their struggles to be better or worse or different: their life goals radiate with strength through these mistressful stories. Favs: "Miss Supreme", "Under the 'I'", and: a biting commentary on our times: "The Gospel according to Kittany".

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11.18.2017

Review: We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night

We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night by Joel Thomas Hynes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Capsule Review: Someone [Cliff Jackman?] already made the comparison to Irvine Welsh and Trainspotting - so it is what you imagine: dark & dirty & rotten & full of the barest most base regret; illuminated by moments with Johnny's sister/mother Tanya, Johnny's tainted memories of his girlfriend, Madonna and my favourite: the brief section with penitent Jerome. Winner of the 2017 GG's for fiction.

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11.05.2017

Review: 4 3 2 1

4 3 2 1 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Capsule Review: Paul Auster, you PoMo MoFo! Worth it just to experience his stylistic command of minutiae. Look your own mortality in the face as Auster does by following Archie Ferguson's New York story(ies) to their end. (Predetermined?: the true question behind the stories we live out).

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9.05.2017

Review: Nora Webster

Nora Webster Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Capsule Review: Nora Webster is a widow: part hating how it defines her/part uncertain how to define herself. Loving her children/craving solitude. Colm Toibin's storytelling: the minutiae explainsNora Webster the whole. How we get through our most troubling times through our day to day.

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9.04.2017

Review: The Tiger's Wife

The Tiger's Wife The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Capsule Review: Story wrapped in stories (which I love). Mythological archetypes set in present day. Lyrical writing. Strong Anti-war sentiments with memorable characters - What's not to love?

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