Review | April Thrifty Books | Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

I like the Thrifty Books box because it’s pretty darn affordable and it’s introduced me to some great books. I pre-paid for a year and it came out to just over $17 per box including shipping, which is on the lower end compared to other book boxes. You can read reviews of past Thrifty Books […]

Book Review | All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

As many of you know, I started a project years ago to read all the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels. I managed to do so (and then took a shower to wash off all the white men goo all over me) and in an effort to keep up on that project, I read last year’s winner, All the […]

Book Review | The Son by Philipp Meyer

I read The Son because it was shortlisted for the Pulitzer and I’m doing that super-time-consuming-yet-fun-yet-frustrating Pulitzer winner vs. Shortlist thing in which I read the books that were shortlisted for the Pulitzer and decide if one of them is better than the winner. The Son was shortlisted in 2014 and I’ve now read both shortlisted books […]

Pulitzer vs. Short-List: 1991

Starting in 1980, the Pulitzer committee announced up to 3 short-listed books along with the winner of the award. I’ve read all the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels but am now going back to read the short-listed books to confirm or deny the committee’s final decision. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 1991: Rabbit at Rest by John Updike Read […]

Book Review | Mean Spirit By Linda Hogan

Mean Spirit was short-listed for the Pulitzer in 1991. It was up against some tough competition but I’ll get to that tomorrow when I write a winner vs short list post. Rating a Rating this book is a complicated thing and how a person rates it would be heavily impacted by the criteria they’re using. I mean, […]

Book Review | Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

5/5 stars I’m glad everyone else in the world has already read this book, because it means I don’t have to immediately call everyone I know and force them to read it. This is truly one of the most heartbreaking books I’ve ever read. It’s the kind of book that makes you want to go […]

Book Review | Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Housekeeping is remarkable in a number of ways, and it’s quite simply one of those rare books that I cannot understand why a person wouldn’t like. Its appeal seems completely universal to me, and the characters and prose so rich that I can’t imagine not being engrossed in it. I read Gilead before I read […]

Book Review | In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow

In This Our Life is one of the last Pulitzers I had left to read. It’s taken me this long because the book is out of print and there aren’t a ton of copies available. Really, this is not surprising given how utterly boring the book is. There’s both a lot going on in the […]

Book Review | Dragon’s Teeth by Upton Sinclair

Dragon’s Teeth sucked me in from the first page and it was with great disappointment that it ended. The story is a fictional account of Hitler’s rise to power and Sinclair did an impressive job of depicting the utter disbelief of the world. People simply couldn’t believe the things they were hearing, because it didn’t […]

Book Review | The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor

Within a few pages of starting The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters I thought I was in for a treat. It immediately reminded me of a more humorous version of Lonesome Dove, which also won the Pulitzer and was also on a topic I didn’t think I cared about. The story was that of a father and son […]