Archive for June, 2014

let’s review: the year of the gadfly

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

The Year of the Gadfly is my kind of book: preppy and clever with multiple perspectives and connected story lines that dip into the past, a mysterious secret society, and smart, sophisticated writing that holds everything together. Iris Dupont, young aspiring journalist, transfers to competitive Mariana Academy when her family relocates from Boston to small-town Nye [...]

let’s review: congratulations, by the way

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

In his commencement address to Syracuse grads, George Saunders charges young people on the brink of everything to go ahead and be dreamers and doers, to keep climbing proverbial mountains, but along the way, to not lose sight of the extending powers of kindness. “…To the extent that you can, err in the direction of kindness. Do [...]

let’s review: the storied life of a.j. fikry

Friday, June 13th, 2014

“We are not quite novels… we are not quite short stories… In the end, we are collected works.” Read this book if you like books, and books about books, although Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is more than this. The bookish nods and clever insights to the literary life will be appreciated by such [...]