Dark Places (Review)
reviews / November 18, 2014

I totally and absolutely loved this book.

As is the case in Flynn’s other books (Gone Girl and Sharp Objects), the premise of Dark Places is, well … dark. And the narrator, Libby, isn’t exactly sympathic. As a reader, I actually felt kind of guilty that I didn’t sympathize with Libby more.

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (Review)
reviews / March 10, 2014

I have a confession to make: I watched the NetFlix series based on this book before I picked it up. I hadn’t really had much of an interest in reading it, to be honest, despite my usual taste for memoir. After watching some really fantastic acting, though, I decided to give Kerman a try.

Welcome to Bordertown: New Stories and Poems of the Borderlands (Review)
reviews / April 1, 2013

What really helped me out here was that Welcome to Bordertown eased the reader into the world between the US and the Realm. It gave enough background information for the reader to understand the basics and to simply assimilate into the story world, but not so much background as to be overwhelming. It felt like I had about as much as any human going to Bordertown might have, and not much more, which helped with trying to put myself in to the shoes of the characters.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Review)
reviews / December 13, 2010

I’m not sure what I expected from this book, but it wasn’t what I got.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was simply fantastic – way better than anything I had imagined.

I think that I was expecting a somewhat dry narrative about medical ethics gone awry and the things that our society have done to people over the years, focusing specifically on the case of Henrietta Lacks, aka HeLa. What Skloot wrote was, instead, a deeply personal look into the lives of Henrietta’s descendants and how the legacy of her cells has affected them.

The Help (Review)
reviews / November 6, 2010

In the end, The Help isn’t just about civil rights: it’s about the complex relationships between women in both social and work relationships, and the even more complicated realities of living in Mississippi in the middle of institutionalized racism and the national integration debates.