The Five Borough Book Review: April 2013

Pages Home About Us The Books Contact Us Thursday, April 18, 2013 Book Tour: The Mermaid of Brooklyn If I was planning on having children anytime in the near future (disclaimer: I am not), Amy Shearn’s The Mermaid of Brooklyn would make me seriously rethink that decision. And, actually, is making me reconsider having children […]

Consuming Culture: Where was Betsy-Tacy during my childhood? Part 3

Pages about reviews contact Wednesday, November 17, 2010 Where was Betsy-Tacy during my childhood? Part 3 Posted by Kari at 10:04 PM | Moving right along in my little Betsy-Tacy project—I just finished the next two in the series, Betsy Was a Junior and Betsy and Joe (books 7 and 8, if you’re keeping track!). […]

Consuming Culture: MAY Book Events: New York

Pages about reviews contact Saturday, May 1, 2010 MAY Book Events: New York Posted by Kari at 3:41 PM | 5/3, Monday “Island Beneath the Sea” Isabel Allende, B&N Union Square, 7:00 pm “Alone With You” Marisa Silver, McNally Jackson, 7:00 pm “She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother” Bryan Batt, B&N Lincoln Triangle, 7:30 pm […]

Consuming Culture: Fiction | The Quietest Most Eventful Summer

Pages about reviews contact Thursday, April 10, 2014 Fiction | The Quietest Most Eventful Summer Posted by Kari at 8:17 PM | Gail Godwin’s Flora is a quiet book. There’s no climactic plot line, no gut-wrenching relationships, nor any other real dramatic element. However, this is a book filled with tension simmering to the brim, […]

The Five Borough Book Review: February 2011

Pages Home About Us The Books Contact Us Tuesday, February 22, 2011 What is the internet?? The February pick for the Idlewild bookclub was Tom Rachman’s best-seller, The Imperfectionists—a welcome change of pace from last month’s philosophical textbook. This was an interesting book club choice. At first, I didn’t think there would be much to […]

Consuming Culture: Review: In Soviet Russia, joke ruins YOU!

Pages about reviews contact Tuesday, August 25, 2009 Review: In Soviet Russia, joke ruins YOU! Posted by Salvatore at 9:02 AM | Moscow, 1939 – Stalinist Russia. There’s no such thing as free speech any longer. In schools people are afraid of teaching Chekhov and Tolstoy because they’re not politically aware enough. They don’t emphasize […]

Consuming Culture: Review: A Pondering on Existentialism

Pages about reviews contact Wednesday, July 15, 2009 Review: A Pondering on Existentialism Posted by Kari at 2:34 PM | I’m not confident I can give a full review of Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer, the 1962 winner of the National Book Award, so this may look and sound more like a “pondering.” The best word […]

The Five Borough Book Review: Fiction | If Dogs Could Talk

Pages Home About Us The Books Contact Us Thursday, November 21, 2013 Fiction | If Dogs Could Talk On Goodreads, I rated Pete Nelson’s I Thought You Were Dead as a 5-star earner. That five star rating is rare, so I know you’re dying to read why I bestowed such an honor on this book. […]

Consuming Culture: Review: Catholicism and the English Aristocracy

Pages about reviews contact Friday, April 24, 2009 Review: Catholicism and the English Aristocracy Posted by Kari at 4:02 PM | Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh is an English novel written at the end of WWII. It tells the story of Captain Charles Ryder who, after stumbling upon the old mansion called Brideshead with his […]