Comparative: Ann Patchett’s “Commonwealth” and “The Dutch House” – Part 1: The Sibling Bond

When I first started reading Ann Patchett’s writing, it came from the buzz surrounding her books, specifically, “State of Wonder.”  I felt like the people I spoke with who had read her books were filled with excitement when they spoke about her.  Without hesitation, the response from a reader of hers is a response ofContinue reading “Comparative: Ann Patchett’s “Commonwealth” and “The Dutch House” – Part 1: The Sibling Bond”

Comparative: William Kent Krueger’s “This Tender Land” and “Ordinary Grace” – Part 3: From Innocence Springs Truth

Welcome back if you have read parts 1 and 2, and welcome if you have not!  I will include two short summaries[i] of the books below in the footnotes, if needed.  In this series, I am focusing on the intersection in both books of the following themes:  the history and treatment of Native American Indians,Continue reading “Comparative: William Kent Krueger’s “This Tender Land” and “Ordinary Grace” – Part 3: From Innocence Springs Truth”

Comparative: William Kent Krueger’s “This Tender Land” and “Ordinary Grace” – Part 2: Disabilities and Abilities

Welcome back if you have read part 1, and welcome if you have not!  I will include two short summaries[i] of the books below in the footnotes, if needed.  In this series, I am focusing on the intersection in both books of the following themes:  the history and treatment of Native American Indians, characters withContinue reading “Comparative: William Kent Krueger’s “This Tender Land” and “Ordinary Grace” – Part 2: Disabilities and Abilities”

Three Lessons Learned From The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Growing up, I dreamed of becoming an attorney, even a judge.  My dreams were wide open, and anything was possible I was told.  I succeeded throughout high school and college and ultimately had the opportunity to attend law school.  I had no fear of gender bias going to law school; I had never thought aboutContinue reading “Three Lessons Learned From The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg”

Comparative: William Kent Krueger’s “This Tender Land” and “Ordinary Grace”- Part 1

The author, William Kent Krueger, is incredibly talented.  I am so happy to have discovered his books.  Based on a book list for summer 2020 and buzz about “This Tender Land” I read that book first.  Followed very quickly after (as soon as my request came through in hard copy from the library!) I readContinue reading “Comparative: William Kent Krueger’s “This Tender Land” and “Ordinary Grace”- Part 1”

A Comparative: Kristin Hannah’s “The Nightingale” and “The Great Alone”- Part 3: Love

If you are reading this comparative for the first time, I recommend reading through parts one and two to give more background.  For a quick synopsis, reading Kristin Hannah’s, “The Nightingale,” piqued my interest to read more by this amazing author.  I was so impressed by her writing abilities.  She created a mesmerizing and eye-openingContinue reading “A Comparative: Kristin Hannah’s “The Nightingale” and “The Great Alone”- Part 3: Love”

A Comparative: Kristin Hannah’s “The Nightingale” and “The Great Alone”- Part 2: Identity

If you are reading this comparative for the first time, I recommend part one to give more background.  For a quick synopsis, reading Kristin Hannah’s, “The Nightingale,” piqued my interest to read more by this amazing author.  I was so impressed by her writing abilities.  She created a mesmerizing and eye-opening world of Nazi occupationContinue reading “A Comparative: Kristin Hannah’s “The Nightingale” and “The Great Alone”- Part 2: Identity”

A Comparative Book Review: Kristin Hannah’s “The Nightingale” and “The Great Alone” – Part 1

Reading Kristin Hannah’s, “The Nightingale,” piqued my interest to read more by this amazing author.  I was so impressed by her writing abilities.  She created a mesmerizing and eye-opening world of Nazi occupation in France during World War II and two very strong female lead characters, one of whom is the narrator.  I went inContinue reading “A Comparative Book Review: Kristin Hannah’s “The Nightingale” and “The Great Alone” – Part 1”