Book Reviews

A Crash Course In Couture

I finally got around to reading Crazy Rich Asians! Kevin Kwan's novel, the film adaptation of which took Hollywood by storm this past August (and I still haven't seen) has been on my to-read list since around October, but I kept pushing it back because my method of choosing books to read is literally eenie meenie monie… Continue reading A Crash Course In Couture

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To Freedom

Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad is a story we've heard before: an enslaved person runs away from a lifetime of forced servitude in pursuit of freedom. However, in Whitehead's adaptation, the means of escape in this novel is anything but metaphorical; the Underground Railroad is a literal railroad underneath southern soil with conductors and passage… Continue reading To Freedom

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Whimsy and Despair Clash in Canada

Imagine a mashup of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, the musical whimsy of 2016's Academy Award-winning La La Land, and heroin, and you get Heather O'Neill's The Lonely Hearts Hotel. This rather unique love story set in Depression-era Montreal is the most perfect balance of sadness and fantasy with a touch of humor that someone with as… Continue reading Whimsy and Despair Clash in Canada

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Walking A Mile In the Shoes of A Dead Woman

Here it is! My first review as a grad student! A LOT has been happening in the last seven weeks since I made my move to Baton Rouge, which explains the lack of blog activity, but I'm technically still on top of my "one book a month" goal, so let's get into it! My latest… Continue reading Walking A Mile In the Shoes of A Dead Woman

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How Forbidden Love Taught Me to Cook Mexican Food

Tradition, jealousy, lust, and dinner recipes, come together as ingredients to a delicious twelve-chapter story of love and ultimately (in my opinion) tragedy in Laura Esquivel's debut novel Like Water for Chocolate, or Como Agua Para Chocolate when published originally in Spanish. As the youngest daughter in the de la Garza family, tradition dictates that… Continue reading How Forbidden Love Taught Me to Cook Mexican Food