“The Little Friend” by Donna Tartt: storyteller of a generation
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“The Little Friend” by Donna Tartt: storyteller of a generation


I first found Donna Tartt’s writing through her 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Goldfinch. I was completely blown away by her storytelling and character building that I went out and purchased her other two novels The Little Friend and The Secret History. I have not been let down by her writing and feel myself … 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 J.M. Monaco’s “How We Remember”
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A Review of J.M. Monaco’s “How We Remember”


CONTENT WARNING: discussions of sexual assault, cancer, death by suicide, and drug/alcohol abuse. As a passionate researcher in memory studies I am always drawn to books, both fiction and nonfiction, that draw on and play with the way we remember collectively and individually. J.M. Monaco’s novel is an exquisitely painful exploration of collective remembering within … Continue reading

Goodreads Winners Are In: Who were my favourites for 2018?
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Goodreads Winners Are In: Who were my favourites for 2018?


The wait is over! Goodreads has announced its winners for 2018, which also marks the ten-year anniversary of the book awards. Readers get the chance to vote for their favourite books based on different popular categories like fiction, sci-fi, and Romance. It is basically the Oscars for books. This year, Goodreads recorded over five million … Continue reading

25 years since Jeffrey Eugenides’ debut novel: “The Virgin Suicides”
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25 years since Jeffrey Eugenides’ debut novel: “The Virgin Suicides”


TRIGGER WARNING: This review deals with death by suicide. The Virgin Suicides were first published in 1993 and it was Jeffrey Eugenides’ breakout debut novel. It was received with critical acclaim and some reviewers at the time called his novel a modern Greek tragedy. It has captured readers since its release and was turned into … Continue reading

Walking and Grief: a review of Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail”
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Walking and Grief: a review of Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail”


Cheryl Strayed is 22 when her mother dies rather suddenly of lung cancer. After losing the glue that held her family and life together, Cheryl starts to spiral. She is lost and hurt and in being so, hurts and loses people around her. She cheats on her husband, takes up a brief heroin addiction, divorces … Continue reading

“A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America”: or a history of not believing women
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“A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America”: or a history of not believing women


I know several men and women who have been affected by sexual assault and rape. Some of the cases of rape involved strangers, the man waiting in the shadows ready to attack. What I would call the traditional understanding of rape. However, the majority of the cases of rape from the people I know have … Continue reading

“Middlesex” a review: gender identity
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“Middlesex” a review: gender identity


Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel Middlesex is a breathtaking inter-generational novel that addresses issues of the complex history of Eastern Europe, Greek identity, Greek-American identity, growing up in the U.S., and intersex and other LGBTQA identities. It would be easy to talk all day about the complexities of this novel as well as Eugenides’ exquisite prose writing, … Continue reading