Review: New Life, No Instructions by Gail Caldwell

I love Gail Caldwell. I first realized this while reading Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship, which is about the death of her best friend, fellow memoirist Caroline Knapp. (You can read that review here. Or the review of Caroline's memoir here.) She just seems so down-to-earth, wise, insightful. She's overcome her share of hardships. She's interesting.… Continue reading Review: New Life, No Instructions by Gail Caldwell

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Review: One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

Okay, this is my second book in a row by one of the writers of The Office. B. J. Novak's debut book of short stories was extremely entertaining. (And when I say short, I do mean short. The stories in this collection range from a few lines to several pages.) I feel kind of strange saying this,… Continue reading Review: One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

Matilda Reviews: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Summary: The short story, "Franny", takes place in an unnamed college town and tells the tale of an undergraduate who is becoming disenchanted with the selfishness and inauthenticity she perceives all around her. The novella, Zooey, is named for Zooey Glass, the second-youngest member of the Glass family. As his younger sister, Franny, suffers a spiritual… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Matilda Reviews: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

I love books about books. I just can't get enough. I love reading books about what other people love about books. I love knowing that there are other readers out there who love books as much as I do, who collect books as obsessively as I do, and whose houses are as packed with books… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

Matilda Reviews: Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

If you're LGBT, interested in film, or not living under a rock, chances are you've heard about Blue is the Warmest Color, the French film about two young lesbians that won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Well, that film is based on the French graphic novel Le bleu est une couleur chaude (in English,… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Matilda Reviews: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Goodreads Summary: Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge has never met a shilling he doesn’t like...and hardly a man he does. And he hates Christmas most of all. When Scrooge is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, he learns eternal lessons of charity,… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Review: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

For graduation, my creative nonfiction professor gave me a book as a parting gift: Jeanette Winterson's memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? It was really good. I read it in about 3 days. Jeanette has had quite the tumultuous life. Her adoptive mother, whom she calls Mrs. Winterson, was an extreme depressive who insisted… Continue reading Review: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

Matilda Reviews: Psycho by Robert Bloch

Genre: Horror Published: 1959 Blurb It was a dark and stormy night when Mary Crane glimpsed the unlit neon sign announcing the vacancy at the Bates motel. Exhausted, lost, and at the end of her rope, she was eager for a hot shower and a bed for the night. Her room was musty but clean… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Psycho by Robert Bloch

Matilda Reviews: Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates

Toward the end of October, a friend of mine lent me three books that he read for a class on horror literature, so I just had to add them to my horror lineup. Joyce Carol Oates's Zombie is the first of these. Zombie reads like the journal of a sexual psychopath. Quentin, or Q__ P__ as he refers… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates

Matilda Reviews: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

I read on a book blog last month that Joe Hill's NOS4A2 was being described as a "masterpiece." Pretty tempting, right? So after reading a synopsis, I decided to add it to my horror month repertoire, and I'm so glad I did. It truly was an outstanding novel for many reasons. Here's the synopsis from Goodreads: Victoria… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill