Category: Creative Non-Fiction

“Joansing” for Didion

While Halloween has always held a coveted spot in my heart and imagination, the truth is, I used to get almost as excited for the 4thof July. It was like the summertime version of my favorite autumn day, where the rules were bent and…

Review: Tampa by Alyssa Nutting

Tampa by Alissa Nutting Final Verdict: 3.0 out of 4.0 YTD: 48 Tampa is the much-talked about, widely reviled, and heavily debated inaugural novel from writer Alissa Nutting.  It is based on the real-life events of a Florida teacher who had sex with her…

Review: Save Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald

Save  Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 16 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was the troubled wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the most famous American writers of all-time.  Save…

Review: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? By Edward Albee Final Verdict: 4.0 out of 4.0 YTD:  59 Plot/Story:  4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful Edward Albee’s play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, is intoxicating – literally.  With every turn of the page, the reader…

Review: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende Final Verdict: 4.0 out of 4.0 YTD: 50 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) I finished reading The House of the Spirits approximately 20 hours ago; I have held off on…

Junky by William S. Burroughs

Junky by William S. Burroughs Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful. William S. Burroughs’s Junky (originally published under the title Junkie) is an autobiographically-inspired romp through one man’s introduction to drugs, the addiction that ensues, and the…

Review: Homer and Langley by E.L. Doctorow

One of the best works of creative non-fiction that I have read, to date. Doctorow’s narrator is Homer Collyer, the youngest of the great Collyer family. Born and raised on New York’s 5th Avenue – Homer was privileged in wealth, looks, education, and love…

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