Archive for July, 2014

let’s review: my salinger year

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

My Salinger Year details Joanna Rakoff’s experience working as the assistant to the literary agent who represents the reclusive and renowned J.D. Salinger. Her beautifully observed memoir revisits New York City in the nineties, just after Rakoff finishes grad school and follows the literary trail to a lucky first job offer at a small Agency, unaware [...]

let’s review: austenland

Friday, July 25th, 2014

For anyone who has ever revered the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy Incarnate, you will appreciate this book. While Austenland is a bit on the chick-lit side, the lighthearted novel is a fun, Austeny read with plenty of banter, bonnets, sideburns, and Regency wit. Jane Hayes has an obsession with Pride and Prejudice; [...]

let’s review: landline

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Landline, Rainbow’s latest, is a resonant and touching story of a marriage and the way it shifts through the years. Georgie McCool, TV comedy writer and mother of two, is given the chance to reconnect with her husband, Neal, but in the past, through a “magic f—-ing phone” at her mother’s house, where Georgie stays for [...]

let’s review: the maze runner

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

James Dashner’s Maze Runner leads its readers through a labyrinthine story setup, revealing the next corner only just before turning it, saving answers until the end. The writing itself skirts a bit too closely to the edge of cliche, and overall the quality of writing could be better. However, the premise and plot line are [...]

let’s review: this one summer

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

What stood out most to me in This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki was their ability to convey realistic details even through unrealistic stylized illustrations, and the feeling of real life through believable dialogue and reflective narration. The mannerisms of summer, of real life and growing up–the Tamakis get it, and every bit of their [...]

let’s review: iron, or the war after

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Moody, muted illustrations featuring anthropomorphic animals with ambiguous missions are at the forefront of S.M. Vidaurri‘s graphic novel, Iron: Or, the War After. I was drawn to this book by its soft, inky watercolor in mostly blues, greys, and whites, like Narnia without spring. Like its illustration, the story is somber, tracing echoes of actions from opposing [...]