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…

Less

The name on everybody’s lips is Less! It seems like everywhere I turn everyone is reading Less by Andrew Sean Greer. My friends, my family, people on the subway, all over the internet! People are totally Less obsessed. So obvi I needed to know what the buzz was all about. Honestly, I am not one…

Amateur: A True Story About What Makes A Man

“Amateur: A True Story About What Makes A Man” is the memoir by Thomas Page McBee in which he explores masculinity through the framework of training for and fighting in a charity boxing match at Madison Square Garden. I commend McBee for taking on the HUGE topic of masculinity (as well as becoming a boxer,…

There There

There There is told through the lives and experiences of 12 different Native American narrators in Oakland, California. Though the plot of the book is pushed along by the events leading up to and occurring at the Big Oakland Powwow, the real subject matter is the experiences and lives of “Urban Indians.” Subjects such as…

My Absolute Darling

Gabriel Tallent’s debut novel My Absolute Darling is completely repulsive. This book made my skin crawl and my stomach turn. The events are unspeakable and horrifying. But there is also great beauty, love, and strength. When I started reading the book, I didn’t know what I would think but by the end I was captivated,…

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…