Book Reviews on Sub-Stances: The Underground Railroad

Prepare to reimagine American history in Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad.” The menace of slavery is all too familiar to the protagonist, Cora, as she risks death and punishment by running away to the North. Instead of providing his readers with the traditional view of the Underground Railroad, Whitehead introduces us to an actual railroad…

Book Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Title: The Underground Railroad Author: Colson Whitehead Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Doubleday Books Published: August 2, 2016 Page Amount: 306 pages Goodreads Summary: Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into…

Book Review: The Devil’s Teardrop

Title: The Devil’s Teardrop Author: Jeffery Deaver Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Crime, Suspense Publisher: Hodder Published: May 4, 2000 Page Amount: 496 pages Goodreads Summary: After an early morning machine-gun attack by a madman called the Digger leaves dozens dead in the Washington, D.C., subway, the mayor’s office receives a message demanding twenty million dollars by midnight…

Full Book Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Title: The Lies of Locke Lamora Author: Scott Lynch Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction Publisher: Banton Spectra Published: July 27, 2006 Page Amount: 499 pages Goodreads Summary: In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing…

Semi-Book Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Title: The Lies of Locke Lamora Author: Scott Lynch Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction Publisher: Banton Spectra Published: July 27, 2006 Page Amount: 499 pages Goodreads Summary: In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing…

Book Review: Circling The Sun by Paula McLain

Title: Circling the Sun Author: Paula McLain Genre: Historical, Fiction, Africa, Cultural Publisher: Ballantine Books Published: July 28, 2015 Page Amount: 366 pages Goodreads Summary: Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her…

Book Review: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Title: My Brilliant Friend Author: Elena Ferrante Genre: Fiction, Historical, Italy, European Literature Publisher: Penguin Random House Published: October 19, 2011 Page Amount: 336 pages Goodreads Summary: The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely…

What’s on my TBR?

In lieu of my book review this week, I’m going to tell you a bit about the books I’ve downloaded onto my Kindle for prime reading activity. In case you’re wondering… I’ve read no books this past weeks. Lather on the shame (actually don’t – I’ve just been insanely busy). Below are all the books…

Book Review: Why The Dutch Are Different by Ben Coates

Title: Why The Dutch Are Different: A Journey Into the Hidden Heart of the Netherlands Author: Ben Coates Genre: Nonfiction, Travel, History, Cultural, Netherlands Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing Published: September 24, 2015 Page Amount: 304 pages Goodreads Summary: The first book to offer an in depth look at hidden Holland and the fascinating people that live there, Why the…

Book Review: The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia

Title: The Secret History of Moscow Author: Ekaterina Sedia Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Fiction, Russia, Magical Realism, Mystery Publisher: Prime Books Published: December 3, 2007 Page Amount: 303 pages Goodreads Summary: Every city contains secret places. Moscow in the tumultuous 1990s is no different, its citizens seeking safety in a world below the streets — a dark, cavernous…

Book Review: A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain

Title: A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisine Author: Anthony Bourdain Genre: Nonfiction, Food & Drink, Food, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Cooking Publisher: Harper Perennial Published: November 5, 2002 Page Amount: 277 pages Goodreads Summary: The only thing “gonzo gastronome” and internationally bestselling author Anthony Bourdain loves as much as cooking is traveling. Inspired by the question, “What would…

Book Review: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Title: Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly Author: Anthony Bourdain Genre: Nonfiction, Food & Drink, Food, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Cooking Publisher: Harper Perennial Published: January 9, 2007 Page Amount: 312 pages Goodreads Summary: A deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade from Chef Anthony Bourdain, laying out his more than a…