Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy: A Book Review

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in it’s own way. – Anna Karenina, Part I, Ch. I So begins Tolstoy’s 800-page saga on life, love, and the complexity of the human person. Anna Karenina has long been given the auspicious title of “the greatest novel of all time,” and after spending […]

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Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys: A Book Review

Don’t freak, dear reader! This has nothing to do with Fifty Shades of Gray! I’ve often wondered why World War II has become such a popular historical fiction topic in recent years, and I’ve come to only one sensible conclusion. It is simply that the men and women who lived through it are dying, slowly […]

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne: A Book Review

NOTE: There are spoilers in this article, so if you haven’t yet read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, I’d suggest doing that first! I’m sure every adult, let alone every parent, has run into the roadblock of having to explain a tough subject to a curious little one. Kids are uncannily perceptive, and just […]

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A “Year of Wonder”-Ful Classical Music: December

NOTE: Is this a December-themed post appearing in March? Yes, yes it is. While the timing is not ideal, I’d like to point out that a New Year’s Resolution that takes a year and three months is still a completed goal. Even better news is that the timing doesn’t affect your enjoyment of the music! […]

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