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)

***Animal Farm by George Orwell (1946)

When I read Animal Farm a hundred years ago or so--I don't remember what grade--I think I got the overall premise of revolution and dictatorship communism, but I'm sure I didn't fully appreciate Orwell's message, and I certainly didn't appreciate his writing.  I was so focused on understanding the book that I had neither the… Continue reading ***Animal Farm by George Orwell (1946)