Book Review: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Title: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Author: J.D. Vance Published: 2016 Genre: Non-Fiction Memoir Summary: Vance’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love.” They got married and moved north from Kentucky to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. Their grandchild (the author) graduated from Yale Law… Read More Book Review: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Book Review: Beowulf Translated by Seamus Heaney

Title: Beowulf Translated by: Seamus Heaney Published: 975 Genre: Classics Epic Poem Synopsis: Beowulf is the classic Northern epic of a hero’s triumphs as a young warrior and his fated death as a defender of his people. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on, physically and psychically exposed in… Read More Book Review: Beowulf Translated by Seamus Heaney

Book Review: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Title: Northanger Abbey Author: Jane Austen Published: 1817 Genre: Classic Fiction Synopsis: Catherine Morland is a young girl with a very active imagination. Her entry into the fashionable scene in Bath results in an invitation to stay with new friends at Northanger Abbey, but Catherine’s naivety and love of sensational novels lead to embarrassing and entertaining consequences.… Read More Book Review: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Book Review: Jane Austen, A Life by Carol Shields

Title: Jane Austen, A Life Author: Carol Shields Published: 2001 Genre: Non-Fiction Biography Summary: With the same sensitivity and artfulness that are the trademarks of her award-winning novels, Carol Shields explores the life of a writer whose own novels have engaged and delighted readers for the past two hundred years. In Jane Austen, Shields follows this superb… Read More Book Review: Jane Austen, A Life by Carol Shields