Book Review


A sign of a compelling book is the inability to look away from the page. When reading Melissa Bashardoust’s “Girl, Serpent, Thorn,” my nose stayed glued to the e-book screen.


Off the heels of his critically acclaimed 2004 novel “Home Land” and its 2010 follow-up “The Ask,” Lipsyte has established himself in the literary world as a sort of satire boy genius, continuously challenging his readers with underdog male leads in scenarios that mirror our own world, through a slightly off-kilter lens.

Arimah weaves in aspects from several different genres, including, but not limited to, ghost stories, magical realism and even a touch of horror.


Lukach hands us a carbon copy of his tired yet beating heart between these pages. His vulnerability coupled with his strength in truly difficult times make for heartbreak in the most ingenuous of ways.

“The Idiot” has no true beginning and no real end; rather, it is a collection of the moments and panics and discoveries and revelations and mundane evenings and mornings spent covering up last night’s heartbreak that make up a freshman’s year.

By the end of the book, almost every character seemed significantly — at times even fundamentally — different from how they had seemed at the beginning.

Adichie wants future generations of daughters to be “full of opinions,” proud and honest, able to confront and challenge the harsh realities of the world and maintain their sense of self in the process.

Rape culture is a tough topic, and Harding handles it with sensitivity and grace.

The first book by poet Raul Alvarez is an intelligent, heartbreaking and playful work with an impressive thematic range, dealing with love, trauma, police violence and Mexican-American identity.