A Review of Alias Grace, a Netflix Original Miniseries

Alias Grace is a miniseries adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1996 novel of the same title, that made it’s Netflix debut on Friday, Nov 3rd. The miniseries follows the real-life story of Grace Marks, an Irish immigrant to Canada who was convicted of murdering her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery in 1843. Continue reading “A Review of Alias Grace, a Netflix Original Miniseries”

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Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward: a Book Review

Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing is the winner of the 2017 National Book Award, and is a complex story of one family’s struggles with the stifling constraints of poverty, race, and the wounds of generations past. Continue reading “Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward: a Book Review”

Wise Blood, by Flannery O’Connor

I’m continuing my Flannery O’Connor week with a discussion of Wise Blood, the first of the two novels O’Connor penned during her life. As I previously mentioned, Flannery O’Connor was a tremendously prolific writer, during her 39 years she penned 2 novels and 2 collections of short stories. Her collected short stories, as well as her letters, essays, lectures, and prayer book have been published posthumously in various collections. Continue reading “Wise Blood, by Flannery O’Connor”

My Visit to Flannery O’Connor’s Childhood Home

This post is a little bit different in format from my previous posts. While it is literary related, it is also a bit of a hybrid post, in that it is part travel post. Firstly, I feel like I should let you know that a life-long dream of mine is to embark upon a multitude of literary road trips, and visit the homes of authors that I admire. While I’ve been dreaming about doing this for years, I finally got started this past summer with a visit to Flannery O’Connor’s childhood home, in Savannah, GA. I’m going to give an overview of O’Connor, and then tell you about my visit to her childhood home and share some of my pictures. Later this week, I will also share discussions of some of her works. Continue reading “My Visit to Flannery O’Connor’s Childhood Home”

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: a Book Review

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman was my final read of 2017, and let me just say that reading wise, I couldn’t have said goodbye to 2017 on a higher note. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a beautifully rendered, intensely moving, profound work of fiction. Continue reading “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: a Book Review”

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang: a Book Review

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is a thrilling, heart-warming, whimsical story. It is all the more impressive when one considers that it is the author’s debut novel. Ruth Emmie Lang has crafted a superbly rendered modern day fairy tale, brimming with magical realism and full of heart. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is one of my favorite novels to date. Continue reading “Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang: a Book Review”

Yeah, I Heard About You: a Review of Taylor Swift’s Reputation

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the second half of 2017 (and I don’t blame you one teensy bit for wanting to,) then you will know that Taylor Swift released her 6th studio album in November. It’s no secret that I ADORE Tay, and I am happy to say that I was not disappointed by Reputation. Continue reading “Yeah, I Heard About You: a Review of Taylor Swift’s Reputation”