The Beat on Ruby's Street, a book about a young girl growing up with Beat poets, turned out very different than I expected.
Max Havelaar is one of the big classics of Dutch literature, but was writer Multatuli really as noble as everybody thinks?
Scott Kauffman's "Revenants: The Odyssey Home" tells a very moving story featuring war traumas from the first World War and the Vietnam war, although there are some gaps in the plot.
I’m lucky enough to be in a position where I get to look at a lot of poetry by beginning poets. Georgia Lundeen’s book of poems "Spare" is actually pretty good.
"Everything is Normal: Life and Times of a Soviet Kid" claims to be both a memoir and a social history, telling about the youth of author Sergey Grechishkin during the 70s and the 80s in the Soviet Union. In short, thematic chapters, he takes us through Soviet society as experienced by a child.
The phrase "So it goes" appears 106 times in Kurt Vonnegut's novel "Slaughterhouse-Five". But what does it mean?
Doctor Zhivago is an amazing book. It will make a huge impact on your life, just as it made a huge impact on society.
For my course on Russian literature, I read the novel Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov. Something happened that I never expected: I might have found a main character more annoying than Flaubert’s Emma Bovary.
In 2016 I committed myself to reading five Very Big Books: Cloud Atlas, Doctor Zhivago, The Three Musketeers, Ulysses and the Decamerone.
The Alphabet of Birds was one of the best books I read this year, especially because of the postcolonial themes.