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Alias Grace
Margaret Atwood occupies a strange nook in my heart. She's become a bit of a chore lately, as I'm including her in my senior honors thesis; on the oth...more
Feb 02, 2009
May 04, 2008
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
**spoiler alert** I was surprised in looking over the reviews for the final book of the trilogy--so much disappointment, anger, bitterness! While I do...more
May 20, 2008
Apr 26, 2008
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
**spoiler alert** Just finished re-reading this as a sort of guilty-pleasure getaway between all my thesis readings. I guess it's been a couple of yea...more
Aug 10, 2003
Apr 28, 2008
The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam Trilogy, #2)
**spoiler alert** I’ll confess up front that I don’t often have the opportunity to read contemporary fiction; or in any case, I’m always a few years b...more
Jul 08, 2011
Apr 03, 2009
Birthday Letters
I need to get something off my chest with this one. I'd read Birthday Letters a few years ago, I guess when I was first getting into Plath and was not...more
Mar 30, 2010
Apr 28, 2008
Between the Acts
2011 Update: This is the third consecutive spring in which I've read BTA. I'll confess my reading this go-round felt less urgent (I...dare I say it?.....more
Apr 12, 2011
Apr 26, 2008
Oryx and Crake
**spoiler alert** What a fabulous joyride. I've read Handmaid's Tale (one of my favorite books EVER), a short story collection (hit or miss, but the g...more
Jul 06, 2011
May 04, 2008
The Golden Notebook
I finished this one months ago and have put off reviewing it simply by virtue of my astonishment with it. Oddly enough, the first hundred pages were t...more
Jul 28, 2012
Jan 01, 2009
The Bell Jar
It is often terrible to revisit your favorite childhood or teenage books; I've ruined many a fond memory this way; and so throwing myself back into th...more
Apr 08, 2010
Apr 26, 2008
The Waves
As usual, I'm rather at a loss for words with yet another breathtaking Woolf novel; as Bernard (of the novel) might remark, "I need a little language...more
Mar 31, 2011
Apr 26, 2008
I'll confess that, though I'm an adoring Morrison fan, I've avoided three novels (this one, Jazz, Tar Baby) because of the less-than-stellar things I'...more
Nov 22, 2010
Apr 26, 2008
Three Guineas
This is not, at least in my understanding, typical Woolf. Argumentatively speaking, it definitely strikes one as a companion to A Room of One's Own (t...more
May 2010
Jan 04, 2009
The Gold Cell (Knopf Poetry Series)
I think "The Gold Cell" rests more comfortably in the 3.5 star space, but alas. Is this a great volume? Not to my mind. It is a quite good one, very s...more
Aug 11, 2010
Aug 02, 2010
Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality
How do you rate something like the "Three Essays," which, though by no means enjoyable, signals one of the most significant paradigmatic shifts in tho...more
Sep 2010
Aug 27, 2010
The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
I found Janet Malcolm's non-biography/biography on the Plath/Hughes estate battles so gripping that I finished it in two sittings. Admittedly, this wa...more
Aug 14, 2010
May 06, 2008
Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
I should confess that Morrison will never get a flat-out criticism from this reviewer. I'm a bit of a fanatic, a would-be groupie. Read this one, my f...more
Nov 10, 2010
Apr 26, 2008
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Really fascinating novel that I wasn't expecting to like at first. You're kind of swept up in the dialogue between unidentifiable characters in an uni...more
Feb 18, 2009
Dec 26, 2008
The Passion of New Eve
I'm (very) slowly making my way through Carter's oeuvre, & The Passion of New Eve was my next pick, on the advice of my old thesis advisor. There...more
Dec 27, 2010
Apr 27, 2008
Cat's Eye
Upon rereading in 2011: I have little to add, except to say that it was even more astonishing on the second-go-round.


I have no words (well, in a ma...more
Jul 17, 2011
Apr 26, 2008
Mrs. Woolf and the Servants: An Intimate History of Domestic Life in Bloomsbury
I've been a bit obsessed with Woolf for a coupla years now; what I'd somehow avoided until now was delving into the mountain of Woolf biographies. On...more
Apr 26, 2010
Dec 27, 2008
Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity
Butler has numerous loud detractors, and faces a variety of underhanded compliments, even on this very website, along the lines of comments such as: "...more
Oct 13, 2010
May 03, 2008
The Hawk in the Rain
I'm giving it 3 rather than 2 stars because I probably didn't pay as close attention to the book as I usually like to with poetry. Nevertheless, this...more
Jul 07, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
Anne Sexton: A Biography
It's a bit hard to imagine what another Anne Sexton biography might look like. I read this for the first time maybe two or three years ago, and rememb...more
Apr 22, 2011
Apr 26, 2008
Angels in America:  A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
I begin this review with a quote: "Things fall apart / the center cannot hold." A colleague pointed out the resonances of Yeats' poem 'The Second Comi...more
Dec 02, 2010
Aug 27, 2010
Jacob's Room (Annotated)
**spoiler alert** **Update January 2011

Perhaps one of the most frightening things about re-reading books: returning to an old goodreads review & r...more
Jan 21, 2011
Apr 26, 2008
The Progress of Love
Of the three collections I've read by Munro, I'd say this is arguably the weakest (the other two being Runaway and Open Secrets), but by any other sta...more
Aug 05, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
Daisy Miller
I'm just...still unsure how I feel about Henry James. I so want to like him, but I think everything I've read of his has felt somewhat hollow to me; s...more
Feb 16, 2011
Mar 30, 2010
UPDATE 2011: On a third reading, I've finally come to love this novel in all of its ostentatious, fantastical, quirky bizarreness. Vita Sackville-West...more
Mar 02, 2011
Apr 26, 2008
The Years
This novel gets too much hate among Woolfians, which I can now say, having read it--and being, you know, the final word on "good" and "bad" Woolf. (Of...more
Feb 25, 2014
May 28, 2009
Never Let Me Go
This was quite close to being a great book for me. The plot is engaging, the characters are hollow, but in a way that I think really works for the tex...more
Jun 06, 2012
May 23, 2009
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