Category: Books

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

53 in my 2011 book blogging challenge. A Visit from the Good Squad is remarkably well done. This shouldn’t have been a surprise to me. It won the Pulitzer Prize. It was supposed to be […]

America Pacifica by Anna North

52 in my 2011 book blogging challenge. America Pacifica is yet another disappointment. It’s the tale of a young woman living in an apocalyptic, dystopian world in which North America has been frozen out by […]

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

51 in my 2011 book blogging challenge. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was disappointing. I say that because I loved the concept of the book so much I expected to be blown away. I […]

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

50 in my 2011 book blogging challenge. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is an original. It’s just a lovely piece of magical realism, well-written in a kind of understated lyricism. I’ve had this book […]

Requiem for a Nun by William Faulkner

49 in my 2011 book blogging challenge. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Oh, my. Requiem for a Nun is brilliant. It is a follow-up to Sanctuary, which I blogged about yesterday. You don’t have to read Sanctuary […]

Sanctuary by William Faulkner

48 in my 2011 book blogging challenge. I have a confession to make. I’m from Mississippi. I have a degree in English from The University of Southern Mississippi. One of my professors there was Noel […]

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White

47 in my 2011 book blogging challenge. In the Sanctuary of Outcasts is riveting. I had trouble putting it down. I wouldn’t have expected to say that about a prison memoir, but it’s true. Neil […]

Every Day by the Sun by Dean Faulker Wells

46 in my 2011 book blogging challenge. Every Day by the Sun is simply remarkable. If you are at all literary minded, and you read no other books this summer, read this one. It is […]

The Chicken Chronicles by Alice Walker

45 in my 2011 book blogging challenge. The Chicken Chronicles is a short and sweet little book, beautifully done. Alice Walker talks about the life of a chicken keeper as no one else can. She […]

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

44 in my 2011 book blogging challenge. The Weird Sisters is a beautiful novel about sibling relationships. Rose (Rosalind), Bean (Bianca), and Cordy (Cordelia) are the children of a Shakespeare professor. You Bard fans will […]