Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie I think this book was more me than the book. I love Adichie. Her writing is gorgeously clear and precise and loaded with meaning without having to mine for it. This book is about 15-year-old Kambili, who has been raised by an abusively religious (is that a term? itContinue reading “Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie This book. Holy shit. This book is everything I’ve ever wanted in a book. It’s gorgeously written, clear, precise, smart, feminist, intelligent, passionate and full of hope and despair and love. It tells the story of a Nigerian immigrant come to America to live with her once-proud aunt so sheContinue reading “Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson You know… I liked this book. I enjoyed it as I read it. But now as I’m here typing, I don’t know what to tell you. The basic plot is this: Ursula Todd was born and died. And then she was born again, and survived. This act is repeatedContinue reading “Life After Life by Kate Atkinson”

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn I preferred this book to Gone Girl. It felt less trickster-y. In general, I think I really like Gillian Flynn’s writing. It’s detailed and strong and her sentences are packed with emotion. I like that. I’m not usually into the thriller genre but she makes me turn pages and readContinue reading “Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn”

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki I picked this up at my local bookstore on a whim before a recent trip back to Boulder, CO. I started it on the plane, put it aside, and kept reading when I had a chance. I think that’s part of what’s wonderful about this bookContinue reading “A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki”

Book Review: Typical American by Gish Jen

Typical American by Gish Jen This book had all the elements I seem to desire in books lately: it’s equal parts character and plot, the language is beautiful but doesn’t weight the book down, and I felt like I got insight into a world I would never have seen otherwise. This is an immigrant story.Continue reading “Book Review: Typical American by Gish Jen”

Book Review: The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch So, I want to preface everything I’m about to say with: I liked this memoir. I don’t know that I loved it, I’m curious to what extent reading Wild immediately before affected my interpretation of it, and most of what I’m about to say is more like theContinue reading “Book Review: The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch”