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 # 40: Midnight’s Children

Book Specs Author: Salman Rushdie Publisher: Penguin Books Publishing Date: 1991 Number of Pages: 533 pages Genre: Historical Fiction, Magical Realism Synopsis Born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, at the precise moment of India’s independence, the infant Saleem Sinai is celebrated in the press and welcomed by Prime Minister Nehru himself. […]

Book Review # 30: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Book Specs Author: Michael Chabon Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks Publishing Date: 2000 Number of Pages: 684 Genre: Historical Synopsis A “towering, swash-buckling thrill of a book” (Newsweek), hailed as Chabon’s “magnus opus” (The New York Review of Books), The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a triumph of originality, imagination, and storytelling. in […]

Book Review # 19: The Name of The Rose

Book Specs Author: Umberto Eco Translator: William Weaver Publisher: Picador Publishing Date: 1984 Number of Pages: 502 Genre: Historical, Mystery Synopsis “Franciscan friar William of Baskerville and Adso of Melk, a Benedictine novice travelling under his protection, arrive at a Benedictine monastery in Northern Italy to attend a theological disputation. Upon their coming, the monastery is […]

Book Review # 18: The Pillars of the Earth

Book Specs Author: Ken Follett Publisher: Signet Novel Publishing Date: August 1990 Number of Pages: 983 Genre: Historical Synopsis As a new age dawns in England’s twelfth century, the building of a mighty Gothic cathedral sets the stage for a story of intrigue and power, revenge and betrayal. It is in this rich tapestry, where […]

Book Review # 17: All The Light We Cannot See

Book Specs Author: Anthony Doerr Publisher: Scribner Publishing Date: 2014 Number of Pages: 530 Genre: Historical, Romance Synopsis Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect […]

Book Review # 15: A Passage to India

Book Specs Author: Edward Morgan Forster Publisher: Hardcourt, Inc. Publishing Date: 1952 Number of Pages: 362 Genre: Historical, Political Fiction, Romance Synopsis “Hailed as one of the finest novels of the twentieth century and transformed into an Academy Award-winning film, A Passage to India hauntingly evokes India at the peak of the British colonial era, complete with the […]