“Nine Inches: Stories” by Tom Perrotta (2013)

A few months ago I read Tom Perrotta’s Bad Haircut, his first short story collection from 1997. I was planning on reading his second short story collection, published in 2013, eventually, but decided to tackle it sooner rather than later. Perrotta’s first collection was actually a series of stories featuring the same protagonist, whereas this… Read More “Nine Inches: Stories” by Tom Perrotta (2013)

“Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back” by Frank Schaeffer (2007)

I was visiting my cousin for New Year’s Eve and she gave me this book as a gift. She had already been talking it up to me for a while, encouraging me to read it. Clearly she had sensed my reticence and decided to force it onto me by guilting me: she knows that if… Read More “Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back” by Frank Schaeffer (2007)

“Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies” by Tom Perrotta (1994)

I haven’t read everything by Tom Perrotta yet, but I’ve read enough to consider him one of my favorite American authors. It all started when I read Election after really enjoying the Alexander Payne movie adaptation (one of the only times I watched the movie before reading the book). I was taken with Perrotta’s fun… Read More “Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies” by Tom Perrotta (1994)

Literary Stocking Stuffers 2: “Women & Power: A Manifesto” and “The Origin of Others” (both 2017)

It seems like at the end of the year it is common for publishing houses to release small books no longer than a hundred pages, seemingly perfect to serve as stocking stuffers. I wrote a post a couple of years ago on two works, one by Oliver Sacks and the other by Gillian Flynn, that… Read More Literary Stocking Stuffers 2: “Women & Power: A Manifesto” and “The Origin of Others” (both 2017)

“The Handmaid’s Tale”: Book (1985) vs. Movie (1990) vs. TV Series – Season 1

Between Margaret Atwood’s seminal dystopic novel returning to the top of the charts on Amazon, and the television series based on the work earning rave reviews as well as the first ever streaming site to win the best drama award, I decided it was high time to finally crack the pages of the book. I… Read More “The Handmaid’s Tale”: Book (1985) vs. Movie (1990) vs. TV Series – Season 1

Two Poetry Collections: “The Sun and Her Flowers” (2017) & “Undying – A Love Story” (2016)

Poetry is difficult to discuss. Poetry about loss or pain even more so. If it resonates, that is great, but when it doesn’t it leaves the reader in the difficult position of having disliked something personal and tied to such raw feelings and emotions. I guess most, if not all, art is personal in some… Read More Two Poetry Collections: “The Sun and Her Flowers” (2017) & “Undying – A Love Story” (2016)