Monthly Archives: August 2011

Bodily Harm

Author: Margaret Atwood Pages: 300 (mass-market) Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (1981) Rating: 3.5 stars Ever since I read The Handmaid’s Tale in high school, I have been a big fan of Atwood’s work. I liked her books so much that … Continue reading

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Old School

Author: Tobias Wolf Pages: 195 Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf a division of Random House (2003) Rating: 4 stars Set in a remote, nondescript all-boys boarding school in New England, Old School is anything but “old school.” After the first page, … Continue reading

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The Family Fang

Author: Kevin Wilson Pages: 309 Publisher: HarperCollins (2011) Rating: 4.5 stars Last Friday, on my lunch hour, I wandered into the Harvard Coop (Longwood) to look for Kevin Wilson’s new book The Family Fang. I’ve read a lot about this … Continue reading

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Love in the Time of Cholera

Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez Pages: 348 Publisher: Vintage Books, a division of Random House (1988) Original Language: Spanish (1985), translated by Edith Grossman Rating: 4.5 stars She was embarrassed when she greeted him, and he was more embarrassed by her … Continue reading

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Kevin Wilson at the Harvard Bookstore

Just found out that Kevin Wilson will be reading from his debut novel, The Family Fang, which is about a weird Southern family, at the Harvard Book Store on August 22nd. And it’s free (!), which means I will be … Continue reading

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The Kid

Author: Sapphire Pages: 384 Publisher: Penguin Press 2011 Rating: 4 stars A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Brattle Theater in Cambridge to see Sapphire (author of Push) talk about her new book The Kid. Her reading was … Continue reading

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Annie John

Title: Annie John Author: Jamaica Kincaid Pages: 148 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1983 Rating: 4.5 stars I have been looking forward to reading Annie John since I listened to “Figures in the Distance” on The New Yorker fiction podcast. Jamaica Kincaid … Continue reading

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Camera

Author: Jean-Phillipe Toussaint Pages: 125 Publisher: Les Editions de Minuit 1988 Original language: French, translated by Mathew B. Smith Rating: 2.5 stars This is a very short read; it is only about 120 pages. Camera lacks any significant plot line … Continue reading

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Boston Book Festival!!

Twitter is my hero. I hear about so much cool stuff via tweeps (omg I just said tweeps. Forgive me). For example, the Harvard bookstore (@HarvardBooks) advertised a book event at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge last Thursday. The author … Continue reading

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Murder on the Orient Express

Author: Agatha Christie Pages: 288 Publisher: UK Collins Crime Club 1934 Rating: 3.5 stars Agatha Christie, we all know the name of this early 20th century English novelist. She’s famous for her now-old-school murder mysteries reminiscent of Clue and her iconic … Continue reading

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