Category: Books I Like

Kierkegaard, meet Mother Theresa, meet Chuck Palahniuk: A Review of Jane McCafferty’s “First You Try Everything”

First You Try Everything: A Novel by Jane McCafferty My rating: 5 of 5 stars The novel’s two POV protagonists, Evvie and Ben, find themselves on the other side of true love: in their early forties, each puzzled by the person their spouse has become. When Ben leaves Evvie for a more emotionally stable woman, … Read More »

On Admiration and Almosts: A Review of Abraham Verghese’s “Cutting for Stone”

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese My rating: 3 of 5 stars After reading such an impressive debut novel, I’ve decided that my star rating and a book’s technical quality live in separate universes. Technically, Verghese’s knowledge blows me away–to be able to weave his fine historical research about Italians in Ethiopia, culture, nationalism, and … Read More »