Book Review # 68: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Book Specs Author: Zora Neale Hurston Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics Publishing Date: 2006, first edition published on September 18, 1937  Number of Pages: 193 Genre: African-American Fiction, Classical Fiction, Classics Synopsis One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston’s beloved 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring […]

Book Review # 66: A Monster Calls

Book Specs Author: Patrick Ness Publisher: Candlewick Press Publishing Date: 2013 Number of Pages: 205 pages Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Children’s Literature Synopsis The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting, the one from the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her […]

Book Review # 65: Tender is the Night

Book Specs Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Limited Publishing Date: 2016 Number of Pages: 302 Genre: Romance, Classic Synopsis “The French Riviera of the mid-1920s is the new playground for rich Americans, among them elegant heiress Nicole Warren and her husband, ambitious psychiatrist Dick Diver. The Divers’ renowned hospitality brings celebrities and socialites […]

Book Review # 61: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Book Specs Author: Betty Smith Publisher: Perennial Classics Publishing Date: 1998 Number of Pages: 483 pages Genre: Bildungsroman, Autobiographical Synopsis The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, […]

Book Review # 59: The Boat People

Book Specs Author: Sharon Bala Publisher: Doubleday Publishing Date: 2018 Number of Pages: 332 Genre: Asian Fiction, Political Fiction Synopsis When the rusty cargo ship carrying five hundred refugees from Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war reaches Vancouver Island’s shores, Mahindan thinks he and his six-year-old son. Sellian, can finally start a new life. Instead, Sellian is […]

Book Review # 58: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Book Specs Author: Haruki Murakami Translator: Alfred Birnbaum Publisher: Vintage International Publishing Date: March 1993 Number of Pages: 400 pages Genre: Magical Realism, Scientific Fiction, Fantasy Synopsis Hyperkinetic and relentlessly inventive, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is Haruki Murakami’s deep dive into the very nature of consciousness. Across two parallel narratives, Murakami […]

Book Review # 56: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Book Specs Author: Susanna Clarke Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Publishing Date: 2009 Number of Pages: 1006 pages Genre: Historical, Alternate History, Fantasy, English Fiction Synopsis It is 1806, the Napoleonic Wars are raging, and most people believe magic to have long since disappeared from England – until the reclusive Mr. Norrell reveals his powers and […]