Category: Reviews

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Posted April 16, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Still Alice by Lisa Genova

“Even then, more than a year earlier, there were neurons in her head, not far from her ears, that were being strangled to death, too quietly for her to hear them. Some would argue that things were going so insidiously wrong that the neurons themselves initiated events that would lead to their own destruction. Whether […]

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Posted April 15, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

3.5 Stars for the Book, 5 Stars for the heroine and her story! “When I was born, people in our village commiserated with my mother and nobody congratulated my father.” When Malala was only eleven years old, she wrote an anonymous blog for the BBC detailing life under the Taliban. One of the Taliban’s many […]

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Posted April 13, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Defending Jacob by William Landay

The quiet suburban town of Newton, Massachusetts is shaken when 14-year-old Ben Rifkin is found stabbed to death in a local park. Assistant district attorney Andy Barber is on the case, until it is revealed that his 14-year-old son Jacob Barber is the main suspect. The book mostly follows the Barber family in crisis mode […]

Redeployment by Phil Klay

Posted April 7, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Redeployment by Phil Klay

“I had at least thought there would be nobility in war. I know it exists. There are so many stories, and some of them have to be true. But I see mostly normal men, trying to do good, beaten down by horror, by their inability to quell their own rages, by their masculine posturing and […]

The Buried Giant

Posted April 1, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Buried Giant

“Some of you will have fine monuments by which the living may remember the evil done to you. Some of you will have only crude wooden crosses or painted rocks, while yet others of you must remain hidden in the shadows of history. You are in any case part of an ancient procession, and so […]

The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar

Posted March 31, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar

The Story Hour mostly alternates between the perspectives of Lakshmi and Maggie. Lakshmi is a 32-year-old Indian immigrant who is isolated and unloved by her domineering husband. Her life in America has been limited to her husband’s small grocery store and restaurant and she has no life independent of her husband or any money of […]

All the Light We Cannot See

Posted March 24, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
All the Light We Cannot See

“We all come into existence as a single cell, smaller than a speck of dust. Much smaller. Divide. Multiply. Add and subtract. Matter changes hands, atoms flow in and out, molecules pivot, proteins stitch together, mitochondria send out their oxidative dictates; we begin as a microscopic electrical swarm. The lungs the brain the heart. Forty […]

Manage Your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn K. Glei (Editor)

Posted March 22, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Manage Your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn K. Glei (Editor)

Manage Your Day-to-Day is composed of 20+ short essays divided between four topics: Building a Rock-Solid Routine, Finding Focus in a Distracted World, Taming Your Tools, and Sharpening Your Creative Mind. Each section is concluded with a helpful list of the key actionable items. The essays are brief and many of the pages are just […]

A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison

Posted March 8, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison

“And it was all ancient history now, anyway. Of course it is upon the rubble of ancient history that the present stands.” I liked this book. It deals with themes forgiveness (especially of self) and the mistakes of the past affecting the future. I wasn’t always anxious to pick it back up, but it was […]