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”

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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”

Bonfire, by Krysten Ritter: a Book Review

I’ll be honest, I was perhaps a little unfairly skeptical of Krysten Ritter’s Bonfire. I didn’t want to believe that a glamorous movie star was capable of crafting a novel that I would enjoy. I was jealous of Krysten Ritter’s seemingly exciting life and her ability to somehow have the two careers I’ve always dreamed of. She couldn’t possibly be capable of writing a coherent novel, I scoffed. I was wrong. Bonfire was a riveting suspense novel, that I found myself utterly unable to put down. Continue reading “Bonfire, by Krysten Ritter: a Book Review”

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong: a Book Review

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong is one of my favorite books of 2017. It’s a novel that is made all the more impressive by considering that it is the author’s debut. It is a witty, poignant examination of what happens when things are falling apart and how to find your footing as you’re working your way through it. Continue reading “Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong: a Book Review”