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Even though the term dystopian was first coined in the 1740s by historian George Claeys, dystopian fiction novels did not become fully defined until the turn of the twentieth century. Written in 1921, Yevgeny Zamyatin’s social satire We laid the foundations for the genre that is now ubiquitous: dystopian fiction. Zamyatin’s We imagines a future […]

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The Door

Set in mid-20th century Hungary, The Door revolves around the unlikely relationship of two women —Magda, the writer, and Emerence, the housekeeper.

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America Is Not the Heart

The modern-day Filipino-American experience is intimately explored in Elaine Castillo’s debut novel America Is Not the Heart.

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Let’s Start a Conversation: Women in Literature

In 2011, Nava Atlas wrote a blog post, Based Upon the Book: An Interview with Charlotte Bronte, where she “interviewed” Charlotte Bronte. In order to accomplish this literary feat, Atlas utilized Charlotte Bronte’s letters and essays to posit her own questions. The most interesting aspect of Atlas’ post was learning about the difficulties the Bronte […]

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The Friend, Meditation on Writing and Life

Sigrid Nunez’ The Friend is a meditation on writing and life.

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Escape From Syria: A Graphic Novel with a Powerful Message

A graphic novel that recounts the experiences of Syrians who were forced to leave their home during the Syrian Civil War in 2013.

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An Appreciation of Reading

A simple answer to the question, “Why do I love to read?”

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Top Picks for 2017

Happy 2018, everyone! I wish you all a new year filled with love, joy, and good books. Here are my top 5 picks for general fiction and mystery/thriller for 2017.

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The Snowman

Oslo detective, Harry Hole, is going up against a vicious killer in Jo Nesbo’s seventh book The Snowman.

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Another Look at the Shining

The Shining is as efficacious as a psychological thriller as it is a horror story. It is dark, creepy, and atmospheric–a true macabre. It follows the story of the Torrance’s family and their experiences at the Overlook Hotel. Themes such as madness, darkness, goodness, and innocence are eminent throughout the book.

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The Little Paris Bookshop

A story that explores love, forgiveness, and letting go.

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My Cat Yugoslavia

‘My Cat Yugoslavia’ is a beautiful allegorical tale of immigrants living on the fringes of society, not knowing where they fit and what will become of them.