Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, by Alison Bechdel

This graphic novel was amazing. Bechdel is so talented- both the illustrations and the narrative kept me wanting more at every page turn. Also, I'm sure you've heard of the Bechdel Test for movies- if you haven't, Google it. This is HER!! I loved diving right in to this author's childhood and family life. I … Continue reading Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, by Alison Bechdel

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The White Album, by Joan Didion

Joan Didion is a force- a master of prose, an exquisite goddess of the written word. When she writes, you can feel it. She is the embodiment of literary journalism that swoops in and seduces you. This collection of her essays during the 1960s and 1970s about politics, culture, California, feminism, life, and etc. was … Continue reading The White Album, by Joan Didion

Bruges-La-Morte, by Georges Rodenbach

This was a fascinating little Gothic novel, ripe with eerie poetic melancholy and described as "the" Symbolist novel. It tells the tale of a widower (Hughes) who moves to Bruges after his young wife's death only to become enchanted and obsessed with a young dancer (Jane) who resembles his dead wife: "So complete was his … Continue reading Bruges-La-Morte, by Georges Rodenbach

Frenchman’s Creek, by Daphne du Maurier

This book was an unexpected surprise. I was immediately aware that the certain gothic/creepy tone usually present at the start of the two other du Maurier novels I've read was this time missing. This novel was quite unlike the dark romance of Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel but was nevertheless an amazing story... and now one … Continue reading Frenchman’s Creek, by Daphne du Maurier