A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara | 3 Stars

While I felt that the story in A Little Life was as a whole gripping and intriguing, I felt that some of the plot points were contrived and the characters unbelievable. The biggest problem I had was with the fact that it seemed that one of the major points that the author was using Jude's... Continue Reading →

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell | 4 Stars

I picked up this book after reading a New Yorker article by Anthony Bourdain which cited this memoir as a marker for how things in the culinary industry have changed. Honestly, I also picked it up because I was intrigued to read anything written by Orwell, and the content promised to be interesting. The memoir... Continue Reading →

Enigma Variations by André Aciman |4 Stars

              André Aciman’s Enigma Variations is a highlight reel of Aciman at his best—writing about love, longing, and lust in terms both explicit and blurred. His five short stories are arranged in a roughly chronological order and each explore a relationship between the central character, Paul, and another individual... Continue Reading →

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell | 3 Stars

Malcolm Gladwell has gained nationwide renown for his skills as a journalist, writer, and intellectual. My first encounter with his personage was several years ago, viewing a debate on a popular media platform in which he took part. More recently, I became aware of his presence as a critically acclaimed author and decided to gain... Continue Reading →

A Higher Loyalty by James Comey | 3 Stars

  I am not ordinarily interested in politics. Perhaps as a result of my relatively sheltered childhood, or the Asian-American culture that I grew up in, I never found much interest in concerning myself with senators, warring parties, or even sensationalized scandals in the media. However, with the advent of the 2016 election in which... Continue Reading →

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