Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Maus

“To die, it’s easy. But you have to struggle for life.” ― Art Spiegelman, Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History This graphic novel won Art Spiegelman numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Price in 1992. It is a powerful, and terrifying testament to the human memory. Within the pages of Maus Spiegelman recounts…

Love Thy Neighborhood Book Store

Check out this awesome interview The Girl in the Tiny Hat did for Book Culture on the Upper West Side with Annette Akers! Book Culture is a wonderful independent book store with three locations in the city. They give you the love, attention, and books that you so desire! Support is what makes small businesses…

Lookin’ Fresh

In West Philadelphia, born and raised… Just kidding. But for reals, come to my site and check out my new layout! It’s awesome, and well over do. The posts are set up in a unique way, but I kind of like it. I’ve always wanted the “Read More” feature to be an option so you…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

“Success, after all, loves a witness, but failure can’t exist without one.” ― Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz earned his mark on the literary world in 2007 with his tale of an ostracized king of all nerds. The novel is primarily literary fiction with hints of fantasy and folklore…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: The Lies of Locke Lamora

“There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.” ― Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora Scott Lynch struck gold with the Gentleman Bastard series. The Lies of Locke Lamora is the first of (so far) three  installments, and, as you can see on the cover, even George R.R. Martin has endorsed it….

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Dark Lord of Derkholm

“It was only when Shona, in sheer fury, turned the carnivorous sheep among them that they moved. They ran, some of them with charming little white sheep attached to their legs or backsides and the rest shouting about monsters.” ― Diana Wynne Jones, Dark Lord of Derkholm Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: The Halloween Tree

“Suddenly the day was gone, night came out from under each tree and spread.” ― Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree Any time of the year is a good time to read some Bradbury! One of the many Godfathers of Scifi and Fantasy has done it again with his ghoulishly fantastic children’s novel. All Tom Skelton…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

“Sometimes it seems like everyone knows who I am except me.” ― Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Albertalli, who comes from a psychology background as opposed to a literary one, penned a very basic teen novel about a gay kid named Simon living his life in Georgia. As per typical story line,…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Of Love & Other Demons

“For you was I born, for you do I have life, for you will I die, for you am I now dying.” ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Of Love and Other Demons This man needs no introduction. Garcia Marquez has written some of the greatest books in translation. Love in the time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Short Stories Pt 2

I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen This story is basically autobiographical. Olsen added a few things here and there that don’t line up with her life, but the overall tale mimics the issues she endured with her eldest daughter. Told in first-person narrative, the story begins with the mother explaining that she can no longer…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Short Stories Pt 1

Been a while, friends. You’ll be happy to know I’ve closed this semester with straight As. Woot! Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin Most of you may know Chopin from her most popular short story, The story of an Hour, which exposed the inner workings of a woman’s mind after the death of her husband. Her crusade to reveal…

My Sabbatical

Hello all! I don’t know if you can tell, but I’ve run out of Bi-Weekly Book Recommendations! Well, run out of the ones I had stored. This semester has been on a whole other level compared to my first one. I’ve been stretched too thin! Recommendations and a couple of short stories are coming your…