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A review of Let’s Talk about Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste by Carl Wilson

Celine Dion is an international superstar. Many music listeners are devoted fans of her powerhouse ballads, while others display intense hatred toward her overemotional warbling. Music critic Carl Wilson, finding himself in the “dislike” column of all things Celine, decided to approach her music with an open mind. The resulting book, Let’s Talk about Love, considers the social and cultural influences that make up Dion’s music, persona, and fanbase within the context of her 1997 album, ...read more

Reviewed by Laura S on
June 19, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Noggin by John Whaley Corey

I have been waiting for a new book from John Corey Whaley since finishing his beautiful debut novel, Where Things Come Back, in 2011. It’s finally here! and it’s called Noggin. Noggin tells the story of Travis who is dying of cancer and has his head cryogenically preserved. Five years later, scientists attach it to a new body to bring him back to life. He’s not a zombie, he’s not ...read more

Reviewed by Laura S on
April 29, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

Radley, an American teen who has been doing service work in Haiti, returns home amidst political upheaval: the American president has been assassinated and a rebel party has taken control of the government and imprisoned many dissenters. With no way to reach her parents, no money, and a curfew and travel restrictions in place, Radley must find a way to cross the border into New Hampshire in order to get home. When she reaches her home and does not find her parents, Radley continues her walking ...read more

Reviewed by Laura S on
January 22, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Morels by Christopher Hacker

It is not an unfamiliar sight in literary fiction for an author to have the same name as its narrator. Christopher Hacker's The Morels fictionalizes this phenomenon--his central character, Arthur Morel, writes a fictional book (also called The Morels), featuring characters with his name and the names of his family members. Arthur believes he has written a masterwork of literary fiction. However, his book has a shocking ending: an explicit scene featuring Arthur, the ...read more

Reviewed by Laura S on
December 17, 2013 | 0 comments