‘All The Light We Cannot See’ remains a best-seller

By: Anna Shapiro ~Staff Writer~ Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize winner, “All The Light We Cannot See,” is a New York Time’s best seller that doesn’t seem to be dropping off the list. Set during World War II, it follows two stories: that of the blind teenager Marie-Laure, and the German orphan Werner. Written in very short, easy-to-read chapters, the narration skips back and forth in time and between the two main characters, eventually bringing them together through their involvement in the war. The uniting factor? Radios. Marie-Laure uses a radio that should have been confiscated but instead she kept hidden in … Continue reading ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ remains a best-seller

‘Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl:’ A ‘typical’ band story fills the pages of this memoir

By: Anna Shapiro ~Staff Writer~ Carrie Brownstein’s memoir, “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl,” is in many ways a typical “I was in a successful band and then everything fell apart,” story. It was featured on NPR’s Best books of 2015 concierge. I am often initially critical of writing by people famous for doing other things, so I didn’t head into the book with very high expectations. Because of my low expectations, I was not disappointed. As stated earlier, this was a very typical story of a band where enough becomes enough and things have to end. One striking difference … Continue reading ‘Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl:’ A ‘typical’ band story fills the pages of this memoir

The Girl on the Train ‘keeps you guessing’

By: Anna Shapiro ~Staff Writer~ Paula Hawkin’s “The Girl on the Train” has been near the top of the New York Time’s Bestseller List for quite some time now, and doesn’t seem to be budging any time soon. Such notoriety is well deserved. “The Girl on the Train” is a classic thriller, possibly the best since “Gone Girl,” which uses multiple narrators to explore the disappearance of one of the characters. One of the most interesting aspects of “The Girl on the Train” is that one of the main narrators is a drunk. She doesn’t even remember exactly what happened most … Continue reading The Girl on the Train ‘keeps you guessing’