I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

This is a hard book to classify--it's a memoir, but not a typical one. In seventeen linked essays, each one relating a near death experience, O'Farrell explores the inherent tension between life and death, the push and pull of mortality, the randomness, fragility and beauty of existing as creatures who die. It sounds vague and... Continue Reading →

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

This book has gotten so much buzz, touted all over the internet as an important feminist novel for the 21st century. (Well, I don't actually know if anyone said that. I just know that people talk about it as a relevant, contemporary feminist novel.) At its most basic, it follows three young people through college... Continue Reading →

What A Week: April 9th-15th

Despite another busy week at work, I did a lot of reading--mostly thanks to a whole bunch of short audiobooks. While none of the books I read this week absolutely floored me, I did thoroughly enjoy Northanger Abbey (my first Austen since high school--don't throw things at me! I'm working on it!), Old Man's War, which... Continue Reading →

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

This is another science fiction book, like Ancillary Justice, that has been recommended to me for ages. Happily, unlike Ancillary Justice, I loved this one. The premise is so simple and so smart: Humanity has taken to the stars; the universe is full of aliens, and the Colonial Defense Force, made up of humans way more... Continue Reading →

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