Archive for August, 2017

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

August 5, 2017

[Tricia] This is a lovely and completely absorbing re-imagining of a Russian fairytale. It is magical, lyrical, and you can almost feel the cold and beauty of the Russian winter. I loved the portrayal of Vasalisa. I just found out this is the first of what will be a trilogy. Looking forward to more.

The whole series can now be found on Libby/Overdrive.

The Bear and the Nightingale - ebook

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast

August 5, 2017

[Tricia] This graphic memoir by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast is wonderful! It tells the story of the author caring for her parents at the end of their lives. It doesn’t sound funny, but it really is. It is also sad and moving and cathartic. The graphic format is perfect for expressing the ups and downs and frustrations of this fraught period of life. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

August 5, 2017


This was a fascinating book. Set in post-Russian Revolution Moscow, the book follows the life of Count Alexander Rostov who has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life under house arrest at the elegant Metropol Hotel. In many ways it is a very intimate book, focused on his life and how he adjusts to his new circumstances, but it also gives a very vivid sense of the impact that so much upheaval has on all facets of this society. He writes beautifully, and it is a really lovely book.

A Gentleman in Moscow can be found on Libby/Overdrive.

A Gentleman in Moscow - ebook