The Lovely Bones [Book Review]

Alice Sebold New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2002. 328 pgs [SPOILERS BELOW] Plot Summary: Susie Salmon was raped and murdered on December 6, 1973 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, after taking a shortcut through a cornfield home from school. The novel is a coming-of-age story. Even though Susie dies in the first chapter she continues to […]

What Should I Do Next? You Decide!

Music makes me remember the time we… yeah. It won’t let me forget what I was like when I was young. I hear a song from ten years ago and the words press on my chest between the rhythm of the song and the beating of my heart. I discover something new nearly everyday and […]

Maria Gillan: All that Lies between Us

I really enjoyed our interview with Maria Gillan because I feel I can trust a poet like her to the truth about the world (which is not necessarily the definitive truth but what memory recalls as truth, a combination of how things are remembered and how that changes over time.) Maria said “memories are clouded […]

Frankenstein [book review]

Mary Shelley Frankenstein Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, 1818 Story: The classic story of a man of science (Dr. Frankenstein) and his quest for the origin of life. He stumbles upon the knowledge to make his own creature and conducts his experiment to the point of exhaustion and illness. Dr. Frankenstein discovers that electricity […]

Anthem [book review]

Ayn Rand Anthem 105 pages Signet, 1938 Story: Ayn Rand for beginners, a disturbing look at a dark future society in which the individual has become lost among the crowd. There is no independence or encouraged thought; there is only the greater good, no personal desire. Equality 7-2521 is the only name given to the […]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [book review]

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 759 pages, Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic) 2007 Story: The last installment of the Harry Potter series continues with Harry’s quest to avenge his loved ones already claimed by the war. He feels personally responsible for those who stand in between him and the Dark Lord. Voldemort […]

Gossamer [book review]

Lois Lowry Gossamer 144 pages Hougton Mifflin, 2006 Story: Dream makers help people by creating dreams made out of fragments of their lives. One little boy named John and his mother need good dreams because of their difficult lives. The giving of dreams is called the bestowal and the story takes us through this nightly […]

City of Ember [book review]

Jeanne Duprau City of Ember 270 pages Yearling, 2003 Story: Lina and Doon are worried that their underground city will soon run out of supplies and that there are certain things the Mayor isn’t telling the citizens of Ember. All the light in the city comes from lamps and floodlights that have to be turned […]

John’s Secret Dreams [book review]

Doreen Rappaport Bryan Collier (Illustrator) John’s Secret Dreams Picture Book Biography Hyperion, 2004 Story: A picture book depicting the life and death of John Lennon. Beautiful artwork that incorporates lyrics from the music of John Lennon and the Beatles. It tells of a boy from Liverpool who didn’t really have a mother and aspired to […]

Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov

This play was performed in an intimate setting that caused the line between audience and action to blur. The action of the play was situated so that everyone had a unique perspective. The seating mirrored the v-shaped stage that was set with a piano, table and numerous rocking chairs. Everything was strikingly monochromatic. The whiteness […]

Siddhartha’s Dream

In Siddhartha dreams enlighten the dreamer to some greater truth, “when a man is asleep, he penetrates his innermost and dwells in Atman” (Hesse 1951 7). Siddhartha becomes restless when he realizes what he has become and his entire life sickens him. After a sleepless night he finally falls asleep at dawn and has a […]

Under the Feet of Jesus [book review]

Helena Viramontes’ novel “Under the Feet of Jesus” is a story concentrated with imagery and symbolism. I really connected with the way that Viramontes presents her characters and their setting. The quality of the images and symbolism she uses is what pulled me into the story immediately. I feel that the place she is writing […]