A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (2016)

A Gentleman in Moscow is a gem of a book that could be just as easily double as a self-help book about how to live life with a positive attitude despite challenging circumstances. The mere suggestion of the self-help genre would undoubtedly ruin the experience, but thematically, it fits.  This novel about a Russian aristocrat, Count… Continue reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (2016)

* A Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer Dubois (2012)

I have no idea how someone this young can write so well, especially for a first novel.  As I struggle to write one or two decent metaphors in a couple of poems that I've worked on for more than a year, Dubois weaves metaphors into her writing like afternoon lake breezes.  They gently roll into… Continue reading * A Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer Dubois (2012)