Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens (2016)

This is a quick, one afternoon read, chronicling one woman's childbirth experience.  Lore shows up at a Manhattan hospital alone with a multi-page birth plan.  We don't know why she's alone or why she has prepared such an intricate birth plan. Over the course of the next eleven hours, she connects with her nurse, Frankline,… Continue reading Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens (2016)

The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro (2015)

With a 6 hour bus ride to and from Pittsburgh, this was the perfect page turner to pass thetime.  Needing the distraction, I found myself willing to overlook the less than stellar writing.  The historical aspect of the novel took me away to pre WWII in both the US and Europe.  Taking place in New… Continue reading The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro (2015)

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (2013)

Whew.  At 771 pages, it took me awhile to finish this book, and once I was done, I got sucked into the world of reviews and the big debate among critics as to whether or not this book is "literary." It won a Pulitzer Prize.  It has sold a million and a half copies.  It… Continue reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (2013)

How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu ( 2010)

I like Mengestu’s books because he conveys the Ethiopian immigrant experience, something I know little about, but I can’t say I love his writing. How to Read the Air feels like it contains similar holes in plot, motive, and character that I found a few years ago in his previous novel The Beautiful Things that… Continue reading How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu ( 2010)

Lapham Rising by Roger Rosenblatt

I  laughed out loud for about the first 50 pages of this book; then it got old.  Harry March (the narrator) is a recluse living on a tiny island in The Hamptons and trying to remain anchored to a simple life and home.  But since he's in The Hamptons where no one lives simply, he… Continue reading Lapham Rising by Roger Rosenblatt