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 # 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 # 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 # 28: The Bone Clocks

Book Specs Author: David Mitchell Publisher: Random House Publishing Date: 2015 Number of Pages: 624 Genre: Fantasy Synopsis Following a fight with her mother about her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she […]

Book Review # 12: The Vegetarian

Book Specs Author: Han Kang Translator: Deborah Smith Publisher: Hogarth Publishing Date: 2015 Number of Pages: 188 Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Asian Culture, Literary Fiction Synopsis  Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams – invasive images of blood and brutality – torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge […]