Book Review: The Book of Night Women, by Marlon James

4/5 Holy cow, this book was difficult to rate – almost as difficult as it was to read.  But this makes perfect sense, as Marlon James’s The Book of Night Women is not a satisfying book.  The story it tells is frustrating, disturbing, and, ultimately, deeply unsatisfying.  My knee-jerk reaction to feeling anger and frustration…

Cormoran Strike Books 1-4, by Robert Galbraith

4/5 If you’re looking for an exciting, intricate, well-paced mystery and crime series, look no further than Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike.  Packed with clever cases and fantastic character development, this series intrigues on both narrative and character-driven levels.  It should go without saying that Robert Galbraith is J. K. Rowling, and Cormoran Strike is a fitting,…

Book Review: “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah

4/5 “Being chosen is the greatest gift you can give to another human being.” Before I get into Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime, let me qualify: I don’t read many memoirs, let alone celebrity memoirs.  The only other two I can recall reading were Amy Poehler’s Yes Please and Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking. While the aforementioned…