The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman is a novel about love, the ties of family, loss, identity and fate. This novel powerfully conjures the condition of the human heart with all of its’ joy, longing, and agony. The three Owens children, Franny, Jet, and Vincent, are on a journey to discover who they are. Along the way they un-earth a few family secrets and cover up a few of their own. The Rules of Magic is a powerful, heart-breaking novel that renders a dazzling portrait of the Owens family and their spellbinding traditions. Continue reading “The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman: a Book Review”
We Shall Not All Sleep by Estep Nagy is a haunting novel of betrayal, scheming, familial ties, and manipulation. The novel takes place over a highly charged three day period during the summer of 1964. Events unfold in the novel following Hannah’s untimely death, and after Jim Hillsinger has been ousted from the CIA on the suspicion that he has committed treason. Set against the backdrop of the escalating Soviet threat, this novel is rife with secrets, scandals, and revenge. Continue reading “We Shall Not All Sleep by Estep Nagy”
Mother, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, is a psychological thriller entrenched with mythological elements. From director Darren Aronofsky, comes an almost epic tale about love, art, creation, and sacrifice. (Note, henceforth I shall refer to Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as JLaw and JB as their characters do not seem to have names. Also note, this post, like the movie, is very long. So buckle up!) Continue reading “Mother, You May NOT!”
In anticipation of the upcoming release of Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman, I decided to read Practical Magic, the inspiration for the 1998 movie of the same title. While I, like so many others, adore the movie, I had never read the book. Although the cast of characters largely remains the same (the movie just forgets to mention a couple of them,) and the general story line is basically the same, the book is very different. It almost has a different “feel” to it, and as readers we receive more thorough portraits of each character that the film doesn’t necessarily offer. Continue reading “Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman”
September is my birth month, and as such it is my second favorite month of the year, my absolute favorite month being October. Duh. Because, Halloween. Feel free to disagree, feel free to be liberal with the application of your “basic’ label (a label I resent, and find dull. Who gets to decide what is ‘basic?’ How is a fondness for Autumn considered basic, when say enthusiasm for Summer, baseball, and the Fourth of July is not? Are not just as many people fond of the latter series of items as there are people fond of Autumn, Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Hocus Pocus? And lastly, WHY do your preferences denote that you are ‘basic?’ This just seems like a lazy, and tired attempt for one sect of the female population to feel superior to the other. Similar to the expression “real women have curves,” which I also hate.) BUT, is there a more pleasant sensation than crisp autumn air, and crunching through fallen leaves. Of course there isn’t.
So, here is a list of books I read and movies I watched during the month of September to usher in the hap-happiest season of all (if you thought it was Christmas, you’re wrong.) Continue reading “Month in Review: September 2017”