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Author, author!

Claire Kim and Brad Chisholm with their powerhouse books Kat and Maus and K-Town Confidential, at L.A. Times Festival of Books yesterday at USC. 

How does the war change the life of the rich and the poor in Afghanistan?  

‘The Kite Runner’ is a contemporary novel about the war-torn Afghanistan, focusing on the life of a young Afghan boy, Amir and his growing up process from living a lavish and sheltered life in Kabul to moving to a lower-middle class lifestyle in America. 1,430 more words

American Novels

Day H: House of the Seven Gables #AtoZChallenge

In November 2016, I posted about my upcoming visit to Salem, Massachusetts for UnCon, the writers’ conference hosted biannually by Writer Unboxed.

And in my usual flippant fashion, I said, “Cold is what I wanted when I registered for the conference last summer.  784 more words

Song titles, gothic novels, and a famous director who lives in your neighborhood.

Now I know where the title of Watercolor Paintings’ song “Shower of Stones” came from (see prior post, review of their album When You Move) 213 more words

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, Chapter 1 Summary and Analysis

I am currently re-reading The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson in anticipation of teaching it very shortly to my students. While I did… 3,644 more words


A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)

Category: Fiction

Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis (Goodreads): When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. 604 more words


"American Novels" (March 26, 1927)

from The Saturday Review of Literature (March 26, 1927)


Curiously enough, many of the men and women who attempt literary criticism in America are moderately responsive to experiments in poetry and implacably opposed to the slightest innovation in the medium of prose fiction. 1,274 more words