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 | 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 […]

Pulitzer vs. Short-List: 1980


Starting in 1980, the Pulitzer committee announced up to 3 short-listed books along with the winner of the award. I’ve decided to read all the short-listed books, and in some cases to re-read the Pulitzer, to see if I agree with their final decision. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 1980:The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer […]