Review of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Lisa See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is set in rural nineteenth-century China, where women spend most of their lives confined to the four walls of upstairs women’s quarters. They are bound by customs and rules in silent subservience to fathers, husbands, and sons. They cannot travel, they cannot receive a formal education, they […]

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Review: The Kite Runner

After I readThe Map of Salt and Stars, everyone urged me to read The Kite Runner, and even though I’m over a decade late to this party (what can I say? It came out when I was ten), I read it. It’s finally checked off my list. Everyone was right, of course; Khaled Hosseini’s The […]

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Review: The Deal of a Lifetime

Whatever Fredrik Backman writes, I will always read. I’ll even buy a brand new copy, which I don’t often do; I usually get my books from the library, and if I do buy them, I try to buy them used. Backman’s works are always worth the expense to me, because he writes with such hard-hitting […]

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Review: Mr. Dickens and His Carol

I finished Mr. Dickens and His Carol on Christmas Eve, and it still isn’t sitting right with me…kind of like Scrooge’s imaginary “undigested bit of beef.” I honestly cannot decide if I liked it or or not. It isn’t often that I feel that way about a book.

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Review: The Map of Salt and Stars

I carried our memories all this way, the story of what happened to us. It was heavy on my shoulder this whole time, but I didn’t fall down. ….. The Map of Salt and Stars, Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar’s debut novel, is a stinging lungful of air and a gut punch that took my breath away. […]

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