Book Review # 52: Call Me By Your Name

Book Specs Author: Andre Aciman Publisher: Picador Publishing Date: 2018 Number of Pages: 248 Genre: Romance, Young Adult Fiction Synopsis “Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the […]

Book Review # 50: Crime and Punishment

Book Specs Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky Translator: Constance Garnett Publisher: Modern Library Publishing Date: 1950 Number of Pages: 532 pages Genre: Suspense, Psychological Fiction, Russian Literature Synopsis In the whole literature of the subtle and mysterious relationship between man and the crimes he commits, Crime and Punishment stands supreme for its insight, its compassion and its […]

Book Review # 49: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

Book Specs Author: Nadia Hashimi Publisher: William Morrow Publishing Date: April 2017 Number of Pages: 450 pages Genre: Historical, Afghan Literature Synopsis Kabul, 2007: The Taliban rules the streets. With a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can rarely leave the house or attend school. Their only hope lies in the ancient […]

Book Review # 48: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Book Specs Author: Carson McCullers Publisher: Mariner Books Publishing Date: 2000 Number of Pages: 359 pages Genre: Bildungsroman, Psychological Fiction, Southern Gothic Synopsis Carson McCullers’ prodigious first novel was published to instant acclaim when she was just twenty-three. Set in a small town in the middle of the deep South, it is the story of […]

Book Review # 47: If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler

Book Specs Author: Italo Calvino Translator: William Weaver Publisher: Hardcourt Inc. Publishing Date: March 2016 Number of Pages: 260 pages Genre: Postmodernist Fiction   Synopsis If on a winter’s night a traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a […]

Book Review # 46: Sense and Sensibility

Book Specs Author: Jane Austen Publisher: Penguin Books Publishing Date: 1995 Number of Pages: 323 Genre: English Fiction, Romance, Bildungsroman Synopsis As the title of Jane Austen’s first published novel suggests, the difference between two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, lies not only in their appearance but also in their temperament. Yet Sense and Sensibility not only contrasts Elinor’s […]

Book Review # 45: Hallowe’en Party

Book Specs Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: Harper Publishing Date: 2001 Number of Pages: 336 Genre: Suspense, Mystery Synopsis At a Hallowe’en party, Joyce – a hostile thirteen-year-old – boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, […]

Book Review # 44: Water for Elephants

Book Specs Author: Sara Gruen Publisher: Algonquin Paperbacks Publishing Date: 2006 Number of Pages: 335 pages Genre: Historical, Romance Synopsis When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands […]

Book Review # 43: Smaller and Smaller Circles

Book Specs Author: F.H. Batacan Publisher: Soho Press, Inc. Publishing Date: 2015 Number of Pages: 357 Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Philippine Literature, Crime Fiction Synopsis Payatas, a 50-acre dump in northeast Manila, is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge. It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforcement […]

Book Review # 41: Possession: A Romance

Book Specs Author: A.S. Byatt Publisher: Vintage Publishing Date: 1991 Number of Pages: 511 Genre: Romance, Poetry, Literary Fiction, English Literature Synopsis Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian […]