Archive for the 'quotables' Category

let’s review: kafka on the shore

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

“If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.” Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore tells two stories that find their way together: Kafka Tamura, a fifteen-year-old runaway, seeks to either escape or collide with a childhood prophecy and to find the female half of his family, and Mr. Nakata, an older man who [...]

let’s review: the ghosts who travel with me

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

In her literary pilgrimage-centered memoir, The Ghosts Who Travel with Me, Allison Green explores the landscapes of Richard Brautigan, the author who impacted her most, as well as her own landscape of ancestry and personal histories. Following the path of Brautigan’s best known novel, Trout Fishing in America, Green and her partner Arline road trip [...]

let’s review: hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

“But like a boat with a twisted rudder, I kept coming back to the same place. I wasn’t going anywhere. I was myself, waiting on the shore for me to return.” I finally read a full-length Murakami and I’m not sure why I didn’t read one sooner. All the rumors are true: Murakami spins out [...]

let’s review: the sky is everywhere

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

“But the guilt didn’t have much of a chance against the dawning realization that I was falling in love. I had stared out the window at the early-morning fog, wondering for a moment if she had sent [him] to me so I would know that in the same world where she could die, this could [...]

leaving the middle (miles traveled & roots remembered)

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

All of the years I have spent here I have never wandered I live in the middle The way you sing unlocks my heart just like a key And brings you right back home to me –Lily & Madeleine I’ve only ever lived in the middle, where the land is flat and the rising action [...]

let’s review: i’ll give you the sun

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

This book made me feel like exclamation points, in a good way. I’ll Give You the Sun is dynamic YA writing at its best, like every sentence is supercharged with full-throttle feeling. Jandy Nelson captures not just an adolescent’s perspective, but two sides to the story of twins Noah and Jude, supremely connected and then [...]

let’s review: the book of speculation

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

“I may never again hold another book this old, or one with such a whisper of me in it…” Simon Watson, an archival librarian about to be unfunded out of a job, lives in his family’s old crumbling house on a cliff by the sea, tip-toeing around the ghosts of his parents and worrying about [...]

let’s review: wearing god

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Lauren Winner’s latest book, Wearing God, explores a handful of metaphors from the everyday and paints new perspectives on connecting with God. While Winner writes with academic authority, she leaves room for the poetic and lovely in the midst of well-researched spiritual imagery and insights. The metaphors which stood out most to me were the first [...]

let’s review: rules of civility

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

“If we only fell in love with people who were perfect for us…then there wouldn’t be so much fuss about love in the first place.” Rules of Civility is the most pleasant gloomy book to read, to quote a fellow book club friend. Amor Towles perfectly captures the atmosphere of New York in the golden [...]

let’s review: the rabbit back literature society

Monday, April 20th, 2015

“Everybody comes to the library naked. That’s why they come here—to dress themselves in books.” The cover review of The Rabbit Back Literature Society describes it as Twin Peaks meets The Secret History, and while I can certainly see traces of these styles, Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen has created a thoroughly original creation that entertains the whimsical and bizarre while speculating [...]