Poet Ocean Vuong’s semi-autobiographical debut novel has been one of the most anticipated releases of the Summer, having been written up in glowing terms in nearly every major publication in advance of its release.
The central mystery is compelling and the novel moves along at a brisk pace, keeping the reader turning the pages well into the night, all leading up to a shocking conclusion.
Shortly after this book came out in 2016, patrons at the library began telling me that I HAD to read it. These friendly insistences continued fairly regularly over the ensuing months, and so I finally picked up a copy and dove in.
How much you might enjoy a celebrity memoir is usually directly related to how much of an admirer you are of said celebrity. This is perhaps doubly true when the celebrity also happens to be a political figure, since large swaths of the book wind up feeling like a dry recitation of their accomplishments. Luckily, Michelle Obama’s book mostly avoids that problem.
This short story follows a fox who has learned to read and write English as a result of lying outside a bedroom window and listening to a mother read stories to her children.
We all know a couple like Celestial and Roy. They can swing wildly between being sweet and affectionate with each other and then angry and hurtful, sometimes over the course of mere minutes. Nonetheless, they seem to be happy with their young marriage, that is until life comes along and breaks them apart.
One day lexicographer Gretel receives a call from her mother, who abandoned her as a teen, beseeching her to find her. She knows exactly where to look, and returns to the place she grew up, in a houseboat in the woods. Upon reuniting she brings her mother to live with her, and discovers a woman […]