I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings | July book club review

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings | July book club review

Part 1 of Maya Angelou's autobiography is a classic and something I've been meaning to read for a while now. In college, we didn't really study Angelou much, but Caged Bird did come up occasionally in class discussions. The book details Maya's life growing up as a young black girl in... Continue reading

Seventeen Syllables | book review

Seventeen Syllables | book review

Title: Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories Author: Hisaye Yamamoto Series: n/a Publisher: Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press Publication Date: 1988 Genre(s): Short stories, Asian-American, Realistic fiction Opening Line: In the middle of the morning, the telephone rings. -from "The High-Heeled Shoes" The Synopsis Here is a collection of short stories written by Hisaye Yamamoto, first published [...]

The Woman Warrior | book review

The Woman Warrior | book review

Title: The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts Author: Maxine Hong Kingston Series: n/a Publisher: Knopf Publication Date: 1976 Genre(s): Memoir, Asian-American, Creative non-fiction Opening Line: "You must not tell anyone," my mother said, "what I am about to tell you." The Synopsis Maxine Hong Kingston grew up in America as a Chinese-American in the shadow of the [...]

Maus II | book review

Maus II | book review

Title: Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began Author/Creator: Art Spiegelman Illustrator: Art Spiegelman Series: Maus Publisher: Pantheon Books Publication Date: August 1991 Genre(s): Graphic novel, Memoir, Historical non-fiction Opening Line: Summer vacation. Francoise and I were staying with friends in Vermont. The Synopsis Art resumes recording his father's history as a survivor of the Holocaust, picking up [...]

Night | book review

Night | book review

Title: Night Author: Elie Wiesel Series: The Night Trilogy Publisher: Hill & Wang Publication Date: 1960 (English translation) Genre(s): Memoir, Historical non-fiction, Young adult Opening Line: They called him Moishe Beadle, as if his entire life he had never had a surname. The Synopsis In 1944, Elie Wiesel's life, among millions of others' lives, was changed forever. He [...]

Maus I | book review

Maus I | book review

Title: Maus, I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History Author/Creator: Art Spiegelman Illustrator: Art Spiegelman Series: Maus Publisher: Pantheon Books Publication Date: August 1986 Genre(s): Graphic novel, Memoir, Historical non-fiction Opening Line: It was summer, I remember. I was ten or eleven... The Synopsis Art Spiegelman's father and mother were both sent to Auschwitz in 1944 during the [...]

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft | book review

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft | book review

Title: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Author: Stephen King Publisher: Scribner Publication Date: October 2000 Rating: 4 stars Being an English major, I'm sure you can all guess what absolute favorite activities are. Go on, give it a shot. Did you guess reading and writing? If so, congratulations, you assumed the obvious. Tomorrow is [...]