2016 Reading Challenge · Book Reviews · Conferences

The Girls

I picked up an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of THE GIRLS at the AWP conference, long before I knew about the pre-publication buzz surrounding Emma Cline’s debut novel. I didn’t want to wait to see what the fuss was about, so I decided not to save it for next year. I found myself disappointed. THE GIRLS… Continue reading The Girls

2016 Reading Challenge · Book Reviews · Conferences

The Empathy Exams

I’m a little late to the game on this book. I finally got a copy while I was at AWP and managed to get Leslie Jamison to sign it (don’t worry, I’m totally not freaking out about that still). I had pretty high expectations for this book, since I had heard so many good things and I… Continue reading The Empathy Exams

2016 Reading Challenge · Book Reviews · Conferences

A Tale for the Time Being

Once again, we must thank the AWP conference for guiding me toward some fantastic literature. I saw that Ruth Ozeki was doing a reading and I had seen some buzz for A Tale for the Time Being last year, so Ozeki made my list. One of the best decisions I’ve made this year. The story switches between Nao,… Continue reading A Tale for the Time Being

2016 Reading Challenge · Book Reviews · Conferences

Citizen: An American Lyric

Claudia Rankine’s newest collection of poetry had been flying pretty steadily under my radar. It would pop up on my Facebook feed that it was on the New York Times bestseller list or that it was nominated for a National Book Award, but would drop back down below the surface. None of my friends were reading it, and… Continue reading Citizen: An American Lyric