Tag Archive: 4 star


Read A Classic: Portnoy’s Complaint

April 13, 2014 | jericha | 10 Comments

Book: Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth Year Published: 1967 First lines: “She was so deeply imbedded in my consciousness that for the first year of school I seem to have believed that each of my teachers was my mother in disguise.” Rating: 4.5 out of 5 […]


Review: Gunk by Gerry Feehily

April 8, 2014 | Susie | 1 Comment

Book: Gunk by Gerry Feehily Rating: 4.25/5 planks of wood that you awkwardly pose with Recommended if you like: the 80s, stories about the fashion world, very short fiction First Lines: “As a former booker to fashion models, I’ve seen them all, boys and girls, appear […]


You Should Read This: The Last Days of California by Mary Miller

March 7, 2014 | Susie | 6 Comments

Book: The Last Days of California by Mary Miller Rating: 4.25/5 stops at the casino before the rapture Recommended if you like: books that look at the imperfect underbellies of religious families; coming of age tales; road trip stories First lines: “It was Wednesday and […]


Review: Marshland by Gareth E. Rees

March 2, 2014 | NeriS | 2 Comments

Book:  Marshland: Dreams and Nightmares on the Edge of London Author:  Gareth E. Rees; Illustrated by Ada Jusic Published:  2013 by Influx Press, London. First Lines:  “My first daughter, Isis, was born in Homerton Hospital in November 2008.  My parents looked after our cocker spaniel, […]


Review: Symptomatic by Danzy Senna

February 19, 2014 | Samantha | 6 Comments

Book: Symptomatic Author: Danzy Senna Published: February 1, 2005, by Riverhead Books First Line: This was the moment I savored every night, when I could see him but he could not see me. Rating: 4.5/5 inappropriate questions pertaining to ambiguous race Recommended if you like: […]


Review: How They Spend Their Sundays by Courtney McDermott

February 3, 2014 | Susie | 11 Comments

Book: How They Spend Their Sundays by Courtney McDermott Rating: 4/5 daughters in the village who want to stand at the edge of the sea Recommended if you like: Stories that highlight the struggles of women, books that take place in Africa, the nakedness of vulnerable characters, […]


You Should Read This: Alice Fantastic by Maggie Estep

January 23, 2014 | Meghan | 14 Comments

Book: Alice Fantastic Author: Maggie Estep Published: May 2009 by Akashic Books First lines: “I’d been trying to get rid of the big oaf for seventeen weeks but he just kept coming around.” Genre/rating: Literary fiction, 4.5/5 three-legged hounds named Ira Recommended if you like: Books […]


Review: Even Now, Poems by Hugo Claus

January 6, 2014 | kateofmind | 5 Comments

Book: Even Now Author: Hugo Claus (translated from the Dutch by David Colmer) Published: November 2013 by Archipelago Books First line: “Among us, the strays, the strangers, the ones who never landed, the deranged, a pale captain has died.” Genre/Rating: Poetry (Free Verse) 4/5 feverish […]


Review: Eléctrico W by Hervé Le Tellier

November 21, 2013 | Susie | 6 Comments

Book: Eléctrico W Author: Hervé Le Tellier Published: June 2013 by Other Press; translated by Adriana Hunter First lines: “We were heading toward Rossio in a taxi the color of olives, green and black, an ancient Mercedes 220, one of those rounded sedans from the […]


Review: Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet

October 28, 2013 | lucysfootball | 3 Comments

Book: Save Yourself Author: Kelly Braffet Published: August 2013 by Crown, 320 pages First Line: ”Patrick worked the day shift at Zoney’s GoMart one Wednesday a month: sealed into the vaccuum-packed chill behind the convenience store’s dirty plate-glass windows, watching cars zoom by on the highway while he stood […]