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”

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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”

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”

Heather, the Totality: a Book Review

I just finished watching Mad Men in its’ entirety for the third time in my life, and I can say that it is still my favorite show in the history of television. That is to say, my personal history of watching television. After I finished the last episode, I had what I’m calling a “Mad Men hangover.” I couldn’t think about anything else for a good two days, couldn’t commit to a new book or binging yet another show on Netflix. Luckily for me, Mathew Weiner, the creator of Mad Men for those of you not in the know, published his first novel, Heather, the Totality, this past November. Continue reading “Heather, the Totality: a Book Review”

2017 Re-Cap

As 2017 winds to a close, I thought I would take a moment to reflect on some of my favorite books, movies, t.v. shows and music. So, here they are, in no particular order. Note: some of them have been reviewed already, some of these reviews are forthcoming, and some will never be reviewed on the blog but belong on the list nevertheless. Continue reading “2017 Re-Cap”

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”

Theft by Finding: a book review

The wonderful, hilarious, perfect human that is David Sedaris decided to release his diaries in book format. The first half spans the years 1977-2002 and was released on May 30th of this year. It is without a doubt, everything that I could have hoped for. As a long time admirer of Sedaris, I was particularly looking forward to this book, and am glad to say that it did not disappoint. The book is unflinchingly honest, inspiring, and of course, hysterical. But could we ever expect anything else from dear ol’ Dave?While it is not surprising that the book is presented to readers in a witty but honest and true to life style that is Sedaris’ signature, you will perhaps be a little surprised by the early years of the diary. If you’re like me, all of a the authors you admire occupy a neat, tidy space in your mind in which they have always existed as fully-formed, self-actualized, competent geniuses. Sedaris shows us that at least as far as he is concerned, this wasn’t the case. He started out just as clueless as anyone, and didn’t shy away from making his share of mistakes. Sedaris begins writing his extensive diary collection in 1977 as he is hitchhiking across the country with a friend. These early years reveal a heretofore unknown (or to me at least,) portrait of Sedaris. Sedaris is not bashful about presenting his readers with an accurate depiction of what his life was like at that time. He was addicted to drugs, he was unable to hold down an hourly job and resorted instead to odd jobs, he lived in poverty and he did not live well. He lived in low-rent apartments that were falling apart in violent neighborhoods. He spent hours each day observing people in the IHOP (a question that goes unanswered is how? As he was not able to hold steady employment,) and he was a slave to his addiction.  Continue reading “Theft by Finding: a book review”