Archive for May, 2014

let’s review: the last enchantments

Friday, May 30th, 2014

If Charles Finch wasn’t such a great writer, one might wonder where the rest of the plot might be in The Last Enchantments, which follows Will Baker the year he leaves behind his home in NYC—along with his girlfriend—to study at Oxford. We get to know the group of friends Will comes to belong to—Tom, Anil, [...]

let’s review: we were liars

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart takes you to Beechwood Island where the impeccable Sinclairs spend their summers. Cadence and her cousins, Johnny and Mirren, and family friend Gat make up the group of Liars, who keep each other’s confidence and spend their summer days together. Summer Fifteen: an ambiguous accident leaves Cadence without a clear [...]

let’s review: the tombs of atuan

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

The second book in Ursula K. LeGuin’s Earthsea series, The Tombs of Atuan, tells the story of young Tenar, chosen as the new high priestess to take her place as guardian of the dark labyrinth at the Tombs of Atuan. Only when she crosses paths with Ged, the wizard from the first Earthsea book, is Tenar given [...]

let’s review: pioneer girl

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Pioneer Girl weaves together the story of Lee, a Vietnamese-American young woman, and a gold pin talisman as a symbol of her family’s connection to Laura Ingalls Wilder, her daughter Rose, and the timeless stories of Little House on the Prairie. While the literary mystery element could have been grander in scope, the fact that it wasn’t [...]

let’s review: this is portland

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

This tiny treat of a book about “the city you’ve heard you should like”–an outsider-turned-insider’s observations of Portland, Oregon (complete with quirky doodles) made me laugh a lot, and only heightened my anticipation of visiting Portland this summer.

let’s review: show your work!

Monday, May 5th, 2014

“But now I realize that the only way to find your voice is to use it. It’s hardwired, built into you. Talk about the things you love. Your voice will follow.”  Show Your Work!–Blackout Poet Austin Kleon‘s follow-up book to Steal Like an Artist–is a manifesto for creatives and a push to not only be [...]

making room

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

I’m existing somewhere in the middle: trying to make room, leave space, and not paint myself into a corner. Leave margin in my life. Unhurried, unrushed. Letting the days linger. I want this. But (ironically) the list of things to improve upon asks to take up this time I’m trying to save. If a painting [...]