Pachinko

Pachinko is an expansive novel! It covers 79 years, 4 generations of a family, 3 countries, numerous major world events and countless family tragedies and triumphs. Through telling the saga of one Korean family, Min Jin Lee presents the history of Japanese occupation of the Korean peninsula and the experience of Koreans living in Japan…

The Song of Achilles

I picked up Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles somewhat hesitantly. It is a very buzzed about book, numerous reviewers and bloggers that I trust rave about it. But it’s a story I know so well. Like probably a lot of gay nerds, I went through an obsession with Greek classics and mythology (is there…

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

I’ll admit it, when I picked up Heather Morris’s The Tattooist of Auschwitz I thought to myself: “another Holocaust story, do we really need it?” There are already perfect books (Elie Wiesel’s Night) and Pulitzer Prize winners (Art Spiegelman’s Maus) and breathtaking movies (“Schindler’s List” “Life is Beautiful” “Bent”). But then I read the book and…

The Grapes of Wrath

First off, confession time: it has taken me over 30 years to pick up The Grapes of Wrath. Yes, I was a Book-Boo who never read TGoW. No matter how many people hyped it as a “THE American classic” and “required reading for all readers;” for some reason I always struggled to convince myself to…