This post contains spoilers. Content Warning for self-harm. The first of which is this: All the Bright Places a 2015 young adult novel by Jennifer Niven devastated me. The second of which is this: self-harm plays prominently in the book, and I will be getting into more details on that in this review. Still with […]Read more "Book Review: All the Bright Places"
Sea-green designates more than a color. A sea-green is a place, a place defined as…’land overflowed by the sea in spring tides.’…If the greenhouse effect proves true and the ocean level rises, then politicians, highway engineers, biologists, real-estate developers, and others will pay much attention to the sea-greens becoming salt marsh. But who will speak […]Read more "Book Review: Shallow Water Dictionary"
The Orchardist (2012) by Amanda Coplin is a haunting novel based on an (you guessed it!) orchard near the turn of the 20th century. It is a book, on the surface about self-sufficiency, survival, and family — a book about a less-than-sparkly version of the American Dream. But beyond that, it is a story about […]Read more "Book Review: The Orchardist"
I don’t remember when I first started taking book recommendations to heart. Middle school, when a close friend was rapidly reading through Stephen King? When my dad first handed me a copy of Earth Abides? When the first teacher who assigned me to read Animal Farm encouraged me to give it a couple of years […]Read more "What I Mean When I Recommend Books"
Lockdown on Rikers: Shocking Stories of Abuse and Injustice at New York’s Notorious Jail (2015) by Mary E. Buser focuses on Buser’s transition from an “idealistic [social work] intern” to a burnt-out administrator who realizes that because of the mentality that anyone who isn’t part of the Department of Corrections (DOC) is considered a “guest […]Read more "Book Review: Lockdown on Rikers"