Wonder Boys 2.5★

Michael Chabon’s twenty-five-year-old novel Wonder Boys is an evocative ode to the “midnight disease” writers share and a perplexing celebration of the anti-hero. Chabon’s writing is intense and intimate, but Wonder Boys will leave readers struggling with a sense of disappointment and confusion.  Grady Tripp is a professor and a writer, and as a writer […]

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In the Image 3.5★

Dara Horn’s richly symbolic narrative In the Image is a generational tale of suffering, love, and the ties that bind us to each other.  Leora is a Jewish girl in New Jersey, whose otherwise ordinary life is marked by tragic coincidences and incredible twists of fate. Her best friend, Naomi Landsmann, is killed as a […]

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Review: J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings 2★

Michael Coren’s J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings is a no-fuss, cursory overview of the life of the legendary author. Coren’s slim volume is to-the-point, undramatic, and plain… perhaps to a fault. The biography, though educational, reads only a little better than a lengthy encyclopedia entry.  However, like an encyclopedia […]

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Review: Circe 5★

Madeleine Miller’s best-selling novel, Circe, revives ancient Greek mythology, breathing into it a fresh spirit of feminism and grit.  Circe, daughter of the sun-god, Helios, never fit in with the shallow, back-biting gods and goddesses she was born among. She is awkward and plain, and she lacks the deific powers that a daughter of Helios […]

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Review: End Game 1★

Rachel Dylan embarks on her new Capital Intrigue series with romantic crime novel End Game, a story that combines suspense, love, and faith in one extravagant drama.  FBI Agent Bailey Ryan is a young, beautiful professional working to make the world a safer place in her D.C. home. She finds her work exciting and fulfilling, […]

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Review: At Home in Mitford [2★]

There are some places that are described as being too good to be true. Mitford, the setting of Jan Karon’s At Home in Mitford, really is just that. Along with a slowly meandering plot and exaggerated characters, Karon’s novel is made primarily of scrumptious dinner parties and picturesque views rather than any substantial story.  Father […]

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Review: Ghost Stories

Hauntingly beautiful and delightfully spooky, Ghost Stories is a curated collection of classic short stories filled with spectres and nightmarish visitations. Though the subject matter is ethereal and intangible, Ghost Stories is leaves a substantial impression.  Editors Lisa Morton and Leslie Klinger selected time-honored tales of the dead visiting the world of the living and […]

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Review: Good Omens

The rise of the Antichrist and the coming of the Apocalypse hardly seem like the ingredients for a warm, humorous story, but Good Omens by Gaiman and Pratchett takes the age-old Biblical story of the end times in an entirely new direction: fun.  A devil named Crowley and an angel named Aziraphale have been rivals […]

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