A Sweetest Melancholy

Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Gluck. Published 2014 by Farrar, Straus, and Grioux. 71 pages (paperback). Ghosts haunt these pages. This is a poetry collection, which is not something I can say I read much of, but with a few weeks left in the year and several books to read before I meet my goal … Continue reading A Sweetest Melancholy


An American Novel in a Time of Unrest

East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Published 1952 by Penguin. 601 Pages. Like many American schoolkids, my first introduction to Steinbeck was in Middle School with Of Mice and Men. There is a beautiful simplicity to Steinbeck’s prose, though the same certainly cannot be said for the careful and intricate construction of the plot. A … Continue reading An American Novel in a Time of Unrest

Cities I’ve Never Lived In // Review

Cities I’ve Never Lived In by Sara Majka. Published 2016 by Graywolf Press. 192 pages. I totally read a short story collection after saying I never read short stories. I know. Sara Majka’s collection of stories is a wonderful little debut about attachments and unattachment, small magics, and ordinary lives. It’s about love, and distance, … Continue reading Cities I’ve Never Lived In // Review