The twenty-first century has been a crazy ride so far. 9/11, the financial crash, the election of Donald Trump, and now a global pandemic--a lot has happened that we wouldn't have deemed possible two decades ago. And then there's of course also the background noise of climate change, terrorism and unchecked technology--threats that only seem … Continue reading Margaret Atwood Answers “Burning Questions”
The Anthropocene (loosely translated as the “Age of Man”) is the proposed geologic age in which humans have profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. Especially in the past 50 years, a period known as the Great Acceleration, the world has undergone rapid changes -- for the better and the worse. While the Anthropocene is … Continue reading Reviewing a Review: The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
What if we found another planet--pristine and habitable, like our own, before we took it to the edge of destruction? Would we start all over again or repeat the same mistakes? In The Stone Gods, Jeanette Winterson takes us on an imaginary journey to find the answer. The Stone Gods is comprised of three different … Continue reading “A repeating world–same old story:” The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson
American Dirt tells the story of a Mexican mother and her son who are forced to flee their home in Mexico for the U.S. after their whole family is murdered by a drug cartel. Because the cartel is looking for the two everywhere, even among the police and public officials, Lydia and Luca can't risk … Continue reading What’s the Problem with American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins?
"My name is Kathy H." Sometimes, great literature can start as simple as that. Never Let Me Go is the sixth novel of Kazuo Ishiguro, who's not only been awarded the Booker Prize but also won the Nobel Prize in Literature. As is customary with Ishiguro, the language of the narrator is simple, almost innocent, … Continue reading A Modern Dystopia: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
“I was nine years old when my mother threw me out of a moving car.” Trevor Noah‘s bestselling memoir Born a Crime starts with a bang. But if you think that this is the most extreme thing Trevor experienced during his tumultuous childhood in South Africa, I’m afraid he’ll prove you wrong. Most people will … Continue reading A Memoir of Love and Resilience: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah