“Pure Bred Chihuahua” by Marco Zaffino

I received a review copy of Marco Zaffino’s “Pure Bred Chihuahua” from Matthew Read of 1001 Books To Read Before You Die a while back.  It’s taken me some time to get through, and I’m still not entirely sure what I think of the book. I began to shake from the beauty and the endorphins;Read more

“The Overcoat” by Nikolai Gogol

Up until this point, I’ve generally been against participating in blog memes.  However, Breadcrumb Reads hosts a Short Stories on Wednesdays meme that I’ve decided will be the exception, as short stories are a very underrated form of writing.  For this week, I’ve chosen The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol (see link for full text ofRead more

“All Her Father’s Guns” by James Warner

I received a review copy of the novel “All Her Father’s Guns” from the author, James Warner.  The book was published by Numina Press during January 2011. “All Her Father’s Guns” tells the story of two men, a businessman and an academic, who are delusional in different ways.  Cal is a gun-loving businessman trying toRead more

“Obasan” by Joy Kogawa

“Obasan” by Joy Kogawa tells the story of a part of modern history that is often overlooked–the internment of Japanese-Americans and Japanese-Canadians during WWII. The novel opens when Naomi, who is currently a schoolteacher in Canada in the 1970s, learns about the death of her uncle.  She rushes home for the funeral and to makeRead more

“The Lantern” by Deborah Lawrenson

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been participating in a group read of Deborah Lawrenson’s “The Lantern.”  Now that it’s ended, I’d just like to take a few moments to post a spoiler-free review of the novel, which has been compared by others to Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca.” “The Lantern” is a gothic romance setRead more

“A Gentle Creature” by Dostoevsky

This is in part for those of you who find my blog through Google when looking for help with your Russian lit classes, or for fellow Russian lit nerds.  I know you’re out there… Dostoevsky’s short story “A Gentle Creature” (also translated sometimes as “The Meek one,” and the original Russian is “Кроткая”) is veryRead more

“Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston’s novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God” is a classic of both African American and feminist literature. The novel tells the story of Janie Crawford as she recounts her life story to her friend Phoebe, describing her three marriages. Janie opens by talking about her grandmother, Nanny, who was a former slave.  Nanny’sRead more

“The Stationmaster” by Pushkin

19th century Russian literature has a certain timelessness that makes old stories relevant even today.  One example of this can be found in Pushkin’s “The Stationmaster.”  It is originally found in the collection entitled “The Tales of Belkin,” but let’s face it, writing about all five tales long enough to do any of them justiceRead more