Review: “American Dervish” by Ayad Akhtar

  Title: “American Dervish” Written by: Ayad Akhtar Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Publication Date: 2012 ISBN: 978-0-316-18331-4 I’ve been flirting with the idea of purchasing this book for two years now. Seeing it on sale, I finally made the commitment and I don’t regret doing so. Akhtar’s “American Dervish,” told by the narrator, HayatContinue reading “Review: “American Dervish” by Ayad Akhtar”

Review of Wiley Cash’s “This Dark Road to Mercy”

  “This Dark Road to Mercy” Wiley Cash William Morrow, HarperCollins Publishers January 2014 It’s not often you pick up a captivating read told mostly from the perspective of a child. Easter Quillby, Cash’s preteen protagonist, is intelligent and sweet. Despite her youth and naiveté, Easter is a compelling character who quickly gains the sympathyContinue reading “Review of Wiley Cash’s “This Dark Road to Mercy””

Lawrence Hill’s “Some Great Thing”

Some Great Thing Lawrence Hill Published: 1992 Publisher: Harper Perennial ISBN: 978-1-55468-694-0 Written by the same author who brought us The Book of Negroes, the novel Some Great Thing tells the story of Winnipeg native, Mahatma Grafton, a young and passionate journalist. As a young black man with a very unique name, Mahatma faces assumptions about raceContinue reading “Lawrence Hill’s “Some Great Thing””

“The Box” by Gunter Grass

“The Box: Tales from the Darkroom” Gunter Grass Date of publication: 2010 ISBN: 978-0-547-24503-4 Said to be a fictionalized memoir, Gunter Grass’ “The Box” was certainly unlike anything I’ve read before (at least recently). I picked up this novel on a whim from the “last copies in store” shelf at the local bookstore. The paleContinue reading ““The Box” by Gunter Grass”

Beautiful Artwork in Isabel Greenberg’s “The Encyclopedia of Early Earth”

The best thing about Isabel Greenberg’s “The Encyclopedia of Early Earth” is the beautiful artwork that fills this graphic novel. Using a mix of ink and watercolour, Greenberg’s artistic touch bring this book alive. It is not filled with vibrant colours, however the watercolours bring life to the vast seas, the bright fires, and theContinue reading “Beautiful Artwork in Isabel Greenberg’s “The Encyclopedia of Early Earth””