The Reader

Book Reviews

The Reader has garnished my shelves now for about three years and I have finally gotten a chance to enjoy it.  If anything it’s made me want to review all the unread books on my shelves and to get cracking on them.  This novel has been talked about here and there over the years but […]

April 29, 2013

Teacher Feature #4

Teacher in Progress

Name: Wiebke Franke        Nationality: German How long have you been teaching?         I have been teaching English since 2004. What are you teaching? EFL/ESL?     I teach ESL for adults. What certifications do you have?     I have a teaching degree for elementary schools (math and sports), and Magistra Artium in English […]

April 28, 2013

Graphic Novels #1

Book Reviews

You’re probably wondering what drove me to pick up these two since they don’t really correspond to what I typically read.  I guess it was good old-fashioned curiosity.  I’ve heard so many things about Walking Dead that I had to give it a try.  It’s one of the hot American tv series at the moment and […]

April 17, 2013

The Women's Prize for Fiction 2013 Shortlist

Bookish Stuff

 So here they are.  The Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist was announced today at the London Book Fair.  The longlist was competitive and somewhat diversified, but the shortlist competition is even stiffer.  I was happily surprised to see that Where’d You Go, Bernadette made it to the shortlist, after having read so much about it […]

April 16, 2013

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

Book Club, Book Reviews

It is 1917 and Rachel and Isaac have been married for fourteen years.  They left Chicago to settle in the South Dakota Badlands to farm a large quantity of land bought together.  Rachel and Isaac’s love and family grow through harsh winters, excessive droughts, and back-breaking chores while trying to raise children and make a […]

April 7, 2013

Poetry from Spine to Spine – I am Charlotte Simmons

Bookish Stuff

I am Charlotte Simmons – Loving Frank – An Accidental Affair – Between Lovers – The Alchemy of Desire – Perfect Chemistry –

April 4, 2013

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Book Reviews

Ah Bernadette!  You have got to love her in spite of all of her faults.  She’s witty, intelligent, and an immensely creative architect.  Unfortunately, something has happened to her, making her anti-social and borderline argoraphobic.  This is a novel that explores what can go wrong with someone and how that person is perceived by others. […]

April 1, 2013