“When All Is Said”: a review of Anne Griffin’s knockout debut novel
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“When All Is Said”: a review of Anne Griffin’s knockout debut novel


Note: plot spoilers and discussions of death by suicide. In February this year, I had the chance to go to Ireland for a long weekend. I’ve been threatening to visit Ireland for years and it was amazing to finally be able to make that happen. Ireland is full of amazing literary nooks and even the … 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

Eating Animals: a review of “Killing It” by Camas Davis
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Eating Animals: a review of “Killing It” by Camas Davis


In the world of food I often feel like there is very little compromise. There is a big divide, which is social, cultural, and moral that forces people to make ultimatums between vegetarianism/veganism or an omnivorous lifestyle. People who don’t eat meat do so for many different reasons, but a lot of them do so … Continue reading

Learning How to Accept Gifts: a review of Lisa Dempster’s travel memoir “Neon Pilgrim”
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Learning How to Accept Gifts: a review of Lisa Dempster’s travel memoir “Neon Pilgrim”


Gifts are complicated things. The simple premise of giving someone something they need, love, or want is what actually complicates the definition of a gift. Gifts, before anything else, function like a contract that requires the exchange of goods and/or services until someone dies, or decides to break off the relationship with the gift giver. … Continue reading

Asian Invisibility In Western Literature: a review of Ann Y. K. Choi’s “Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety”
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Asian Invisibility In Western Literature: a review of Ann Y. K. Choi’s “Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety”


I am going to cut to the chase on this review. Like the title suggests, there is a problem with the way that Asian literature is represented, or to be more precise its lack of representation, in the Western world. Many scholars and teachers have suggested to me over the years that Asian literature cannot … Continue reading

“From Here to Eternity”: a review of Caitlin Doughty’s latest book on death
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“From Here to Eternity”: a review of Caitlin Doughty’s latest book on death


From Here to Eternity: Traveling the world to find the good death is Caitlin Doughty’s latest book. Part anthropological study, part travel memoir Doughty travels to far and wide places around the world to learn about how different cultures deal with and treat death. This book feels like the natural flow-on from her previous book … Continue reading

Coming to Chicano Literature From the Outside: a review of “Bless Me, Ultima”
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Coming to Chicano Literature From the Outside: a review of “Bless Me, Ultima”


On my last trip to the U.S.A. I did what I always do: spend waaaay to many hours in bookstores. Bookstores provide me with so much comfort. Just being around books instantly relaxes me. Who knew that words written on paper could bring so much peace? I am always looking for something new. It is … Continue reading