“Pride & Prejudice & Passports”: a review of Corrie Garrett’s immigrant retelling of Jane Austen’s classic
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“Pride & Prejudice & Passports”: a review of Corrie Garrett’s immigrant retelling of Jane Austen’s classic


I’ve read some modern re-tellings of classics that have just fallen flat. Sometimes classics are named classics because they are indeed just that: stories that transcend time. They shape our culture and understanding of the past. They also help us shape our future and in particular the way authors and readers write and engage with … Continue reading

Being Muslim in America: a review of Ayser Salman’s memoir “The Wrong End of the Table”
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Being Muslim in America: a review of Ayser Salman’s memoir “The Wrong End of the Table”


Ayser Salman’s memoir The Wrong End of the Table is a story of awkward childhood-teen antics and trying to figure out who you are when you have so many different cultures pulling you in different directions. Salman arrives in the U.S. with her family after they leave fascist Iraq in the 1980s. Figuring out who … Continue reading

A review of “Maid”: we need to talk about the working poor
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A review of “Maid”: we need to talk about the working poor


Stephanie Land’s memoir comes at an extremely important time in the world’s social and political climate. The very existence of her memoir is in direct defiance of the shame and stigma surrounding poverty. When I saw this memoir appearing in my social media feeds I was extremely excited to know more from Land. Although her … Continue reading

Hillbilly Life Lessons: A Review of J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy”
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Hillbilly Life Lessons: A Review of J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy”


Poverty traps people not just in a monetary way. It also traps people in silence. People don’t open up about their complicated families or lives for fear of judgement. And people will judge. Let. Me. Tell. You. Vance’s memoir was like a breath of fresh air in this sense. Continue reading

Review: “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
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Review: “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas


“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?” This is the most important book for American literature in 2017. In fact, I would go further in saying that this novel deserves the same respect, appreciation, and academic and general popularity as those by Toni Morrison, … Continue reading

The red thread in feminist literature that is tearing women apart.
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The red thread in feminist literature that is tearing women apart.


I have been reading a lot of feminist literature* from around the world and from different eras of late. Part of it is for personal self-discovery and the other, scholastic research. Despite the years between some of the texts and the perspectives of the texts, I keep seeing the same thing again and again. It … Continue reading

Are shows like “Made in Chelsea” and “The Only Way is Essex” the modern versions of Anthony Trolllope’s works?
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Are shows like “Made in Chelsea” and “The Only Way is Essex” the modern versions of Anthony Trolllope’s works?


Reality T.V. seems to be a love/hate genre. There are those who think that it is completely beneath them and, then the idea of watching rich people fight and argue with each other on Semi-scripted sets ignites peoples passions. The general consensus about reality T.V. though, seems to be that it is vapid, soul-crushing, and … Continue reading

A Review of Shalom Auslander’s novel, “Hope: A Tragedy”
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A Review of Shalom Auslander’s novel, “Hope: A Tragedy”


I bought this book spontaneously one day after spending way to much time on bookdepository.com. It had come up as a new release and I loved the cover and the author’s name, Shalom Auslander (his last name translated from German means foreigner). The book was first published in 2012, but I didn’t actually start reading … Continue reading