Book Review: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon

Book Review: The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael ChabonTHE YIDDISH POLICEMEN’S UNION
by Michael Chabon

Fiction
Harper Perennial, January 2007
Paperback, 411 pages

“Every generation loses the Messiah it fails to deserve.”

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union presents an alternate version of history in which the Federal District of Sitka, Alaska has been designated a temporary safe haven for Jewish refugees and their descendants following the Holocaust and the collapse of the fledgling state of Israel in 1948. Now, 60 years after Sitka was first settled by Jews, the district is due to revert to Alaskan control and its inhabitants are, once again, faced with losing their homes. Continue reading

Book Review: Circulation by Tim Horvath

Book Review: Circulation by Tim HorvathCIRCULATION
By Tim Horvath

Fiction: Novella
Sunnyoutside, 2008
Paperback, 67 pages

When a story begins with the magical words, “When we were awash with youth,” you know it’s going to be a stunning read. Tim Horvath’s Circulation, a 67-page novella, did not disappoint. I picked up this little piece of fiction at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair a few months ago and have been saving it, this book described on the back cover as a “swirling ode to maps, dreams, and the redemptive power of fiction,” for a relaxing summer afternoon. That day finally arrived, and Circulation proved to be a lovely read. Continue reading

Top 10 Books on My Summer TBR List

top ten tuesdayFor this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish ask bloggers to list the top ten books on their summer TBR lists. I have chosen to list the top ten books being released this summer that I would like to read instead of listing ten books from my shelf, waiting to be read; we all know my plans for reading the books I already own NEVER work out, and this is more fun! For the purpose of this list I’m defining summer as May 19 (regardless of the summer solstice, summer for me begins when college ends) through Sept. 22 (the autumnal equinox; I don’t have college to define the end of my summer anymore). It’s kind of an odd definition, but it’s the best I can do right now! Continue reading

Book Review: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Book Review: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty SmithA TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN
by Betty Smith

Fiction
Harper Perennial, 2005
(first published 1943)
Paperback, 493 pages

In Brooklyn grows a singular type of tree that is able to flourish in the poorest of conditions, “the only tree that grew out of cement.” Under such a tree, at the turn of the century, grows a young girl named Francie. With an alcoholic, singing waiter father, a hardened but deeply caring mother, and a charming younger brother, Francie faces all the joys and hardships of growing up in the tenements of Brooklyn — from following musical performers through the streets to selling junk for penny candy, being picked on in school to reading in perfect solitude on a leafy fire escape, and the devastating loss of a loved one to the naive pangs of first love. Continue reading

Being Bookish in Boston

As I mentioned in my last post, my boyfriend and I took a little trip to Boston earlier this week! It’s one of my favorite cities, and it was really fun to relive some childhood memories walking by Paul Revere’s house and visiting the Make Way For Ducklings statues in the Common — as well as to create new memories cheering on the Red Sox at Fenway and taking a tour of the Sam Adams Brewery.

Although we were only in Beantown for two days, we still managed to fit in some book tourism! (Tom is wonderfully accommodating of my nerdiness.) The first day, we visited the Boston Public Library. According to Wikipedia, it was established in 1848 and is the first publicly supported municipal library in the U.S., the first large library open to the public in the U.S., and the first public library to allow people to take borrowed materials home to read. It contains 8.9 million books and AV materials and is the second largest public library in the country (following the Library of Congress)! Continue reading

In Which I Appreciate Some Inspiring Readers

Hello all! In the last few weeks, one of my favorite bloggers, Matt of Wanton Creation, put me up for two awards, the Inspiring Blog Award and the Reader Appreciation Award! Matt (also known as The Other Watson) has a fantastic blog, where he writes about everything from poetry to hilarious books to his favorite types of tea in a wonderfully humorous voice.

It seems the Inspiring Blog Award asks participants to provide seven facts about myself and then nominate seven people who inspire me.

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