Category: Book Review

Review: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Shirley Jackson is best known for The Haunting of Hill House and has a reputation for scary stories. I’m not keen on stories that have a net effect of making me more afraid of the dark, but We Have Always Lived in the Castle…

Review: The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern’s novel, The Night Circus, has the roots of a good story, but her writing isn’t strong enough to make use of them. The bulk of her 512 pages are filled with nondescript descriptions and repetitive phrases. The general idea: Celia and Marco…

Review: In Cold Blood

It’s tempting to review this book as a fictional work and discuss characterizations and plot, but Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood is a rigorous recounting of actual events. It sat on my reading queue for years as I expected a dry list of dates,…

Review: Written on the Body

This book was required reading for two of my college lit courses: one for modern women authors and other titled “queer theory”.  The former because Written on the Body was written by Jeannette Winterson in 1992; the latter because the unnamed narrator is of…

Review: Super Sad True Love Story

Gary Shteyngart’s satire in Super Sad True Love Story works best in small doses. The segment presented in the June 14, 2010 issue of The New Yorker “Lenny Hearts Eunice” is brilliant. However, the complete novel is a difficult read because the satire is…