Moonglow

The Michael Chabon I knew and loved is back! Moonglow is a tour de force: a brilliant reflection on the universal experience of how the oral tradition of family storytelling regardless of truth, photographs or outright invention shapes us. Chabon’s brilliantly layered narrative shines a spotlight on how stories filtered…

Homegoing

In 1977 Alex Haley’s Roots premiered on television and it was an epic event watched by an unprecedented 85% of television households. Statistics show that my family along with 130 to 140 million Americans (more than half the U.S. population) watched at least part of the series. I had not…

The Girls

I was at a dinner party this week and as usual everyone wanted to talk “books” with me. I should not have been surprised but everyone was curious what I thought about the hot new book of the summer, The Girls by Emma Cline. I can’t remember the last time…

The Victorians

The Victorians: Literary Representations of a Changing Society. The Victorian era was one of great change, ushering Great Britain toward Modernism. These writers, along with the celebrated Charles Dickens, represented this changing world in their novels. Their use of realistic characters, masterful plotting and varied settings illustrate for readers the reforms in the church, in politics…
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