I only picked Kinflicks because of its slightly raunchy cover – a scantily dressed young woman jumping into the air, her face drawn into an expression of pure ecstacy. Turns out the book is actually a coming of age novel about Ginny, who returns to the Virginian town she grew up in to look after her dying mother. Oh, and also because her husband has thrown her out for what she insists was not cheating. Promising start.
Reading Unusual Books: A Continuing Story
With the library still closed I continue to read whatever books people throw at me. This week I’ve swapped my usual fiction for a true story: Hallie Rubenhold’s The Five. Its subtitle – The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper – tells one exactly what to expect: a story that has been told many times before and yet hasn’t. As Rubenhold rightly points out, the Ripper’s victims are often solely defined through their brief and fatal relation to their still unidentified killer. The Five aims to set this inaccuracy right and tell the untold stories of the victims’ lives rather than their deaths.
In the Darkroom: On Reading the Unexpected
“The truth is stranger than fiction” is a somewhat tired cliché. But in case of Susan Faludi’s book In the Darkroom it is the best possible description of its content.
Opening Pandora’s Box: On the Power of Popular Culture
Does it matter what writers look like? The politically correct answer is, of course, no. Yet this week I finished… Read more Opening Pandora’s Box: On the Power of Popular Culture
Mary McCarthy’s The Group: Will This Book Make Me Watch TV At Last?
I love books, period, but chick lit has always been a genre I love to hate. I just can’t get… Read more Mary McCarthy’s The Group: Will This Book Make Me Watch TV At Last?
Review: The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
Even for the most determined fiction lover, a careful foray into the land of non-fiction is always a good idea.… Read more Review: The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
Ten Reasons Why You Should Read Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski books
It’s summer, time for light reading, and I’ve been chewing my way through Sara Paretsky’s crime fiction at a steady… Read more Ten Reasons Why You Should Read Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski books
Why So Serious? The Value of Reading For Fun
Literature has been my job for years but you learn something every day. Yesterday I was scrolling through my Twitter… Read more Why So Serious? The Value of Reading For Fun
BAAS 2017: Why It Was Ace
Okay, I’ll be blogging about day one for US Studies Online (coming soon!) but I feel the need to add a… Read more BAAS 2017: Why It Was Ace
Reading Across Boundaries: How to Move Beyond Canonical Men
I have been busy recently, so not much time to write blogs – i.e. procrastinate. However, I’ve managed to keep… Read more Reading Across Boundaries: How to Move Beyond Canonical Men