Book Review / Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Put this on a list of books most likely to be recommended to my Grandmother. Here is a book that hooked me right from the start. John Ames is an elderly minister who is dying of a heart condition. He writes about his life addressed to his six-year-old son so he can have something to …

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Book Review / Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Had you told me this novel would not put a priority on character development, abandon all signs of traditional sentence structure, and let the historical context be a backdrop rather than a focal point I would have told you this won't have a big impact on me. My first experience with Saunders, his first novel, …

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Book Review / The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck

There's something so entertaining to me about a bunch of strangers, each coming from different walks of life, who become stuck on a bus together and are forced to coincide despite their desire to be absolutely anywhere else. But it has to be written with distinct characters or it doesn't work. The Wayward Bus is …

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I’m Back! + Review of Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Hey bloggers! I'm back. I'm still alive and reading. Still making my way through Steinbeck's books slowly but surely. Freshly off a reread of Cannery Row, thought I'd share some thoughts and get back into the habit of posting reviews. I also may look to dip into more things entertainment related-- more books, music, movies, television. …

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Book Review / In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars Page Count: 355 Date Finished: September 6, 2017   In Dubious Battle is a solid book. It's Steinbeck's first full-length novel considering the others up to this point are more like novellas. What I enjoyed about this one is that Steinbeck's straightforward storytelling ability shines through. He doesn't do …

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