The Nightingale: A Book Review

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is a story of two women in war. It is also a tale of a country torn in two. The Nightingale Plot (No Spoilers) It happened quickly. On May 9, 1940, life in France was normal. People shared carafes of wine in the cafés of Paris and kids laughed …

Louise Penny

A Fatal Grace got me thinking about life, death, and signs of life. If you read Still Life, then you know the delight of picking up a Louise Penny novel, and you’ll feel right at home going back to the quaint town of Three Pines. (Note: Though it’s not necessary to read all of …

Louise Penny

The writing in Still Life is the kind of writing that makes you want to write. That’s what my friend who is an avid reader told me and it made me pick up “Still Life,” which is a decision that I do not regret. The author that so inspires my reader friend is Louise …

Wind/Pinball

This is the novella that started it all, launching Haruki Murakami’s career as a writer, an outcome that he likely didn’t anticipate as he spent one hour writing each night after closing the jazz club that he and his wife owned in a suburb of Tokyo. The Story of Haruki Murakami and Hear the …

Life of Pi

The Life of Pi is a book that will make you question life, death, and your very existence. The Life of Pi Plot (No Spoilers) It takes an act of courage to write a book in which the vast majority is written with the character floating alone and lost at sea with nobody to speak …

The French Lieutenant’s Woman will have you bargaining with God. You see, the narrator views himself as God (“the novelist is still a God since he creates”) and, therefore, he hovers above the storyline and pops in – as a perfect un-God-like character – and out of the plot at will, even inserting himself …