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The Bedlam Stacks

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley is an imaginative leap back to colonial British and Peruvian times. She brings together believable historical fiction, with just a small element of magic, to once a...

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley is an imaginative leap back to colonial British and Peruvian times. She brings toget...

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a dark read, parading under the guise of popular culture. Which, perhaps, is appropriate, given its underlying themes. Larsson takes a hard look...

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a dark read, parading under the guise of popular culture. Which, pe...

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach Book Review Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan follows Anna, a young woman, on her path to self discovery in New York City during WWII. If this sounds similar to the plot of every third book available at your average Barnes and Noble, you'd be fairly astute. There's a mob boss, night clubs and champagne, a 'modern' friend with loose morals, a strained relationship with a missing father, the unbridled love of New York over every other place on earth and your usual white female empowerment storyline. ...

Manhattan Beach Book Review Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan follows Anna, a young woman, on her path to self discovery in New York City during WWII. If this sounds similar to the plot of every third book available at your average Barnes and Noble, you'd be fairly astute. There's a mob boss, night clubs and champagne, a 'modern' friend with loose morals, a strained relationship with a missing father, the unbridled love of New York over every other place on earth and your usual white female empowerment storyline. ...

The Elegance of a Hedgehog

The Elegance of a Hedgehog Book Review The Elegance of a Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery is a philosophical meditation on life, beauty and happiness, led by a 12 year-old girl. From the outset we know that our protagonist, Paloma, is smarter than everyone else she knows (because she confesses this to the reader), and is underwhelmed by what her life is, living in an upscale building and the daughter of a political leader. She is determined to find beauty in her life before her 13th birthday, and to keep her intelligence muffled as to fly under everyone's radar. ...

The Elegance of a Hedgehog Book Review The Elegance of a Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery is a philosophical meditation on life, beauty and happiness, led by a 12 year-old girl. From the outset we know that our protagonist, Paloma, is smarter than everyone else she knows (because she confesses this to the reader), and is underwhelmed by what her life is, living in an upscale building and the daughter of a political leader. She is determined to find beauty in her life before her 13th birthday, and to keep her intelligence muffled as to fly under everyone's radar. ...