Book Review: American Appetites

American Appetites by Joyce Carol Oates

American Appetites: A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates (New York: Dutton, 1989. 340 pp) Born in Lockport, New York, Joyce Carol Oates earned her B.A. from Syracuse University and her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin. An author of over 40 novels, Oates has received numerous awards, including the O. Henry Award, the National Book Award, the National Humanities Medal, and the Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. See You in Court The courtroom drama only has a minuscule amount of end games. Between guilty, not guilty, and possibly a hung jury, a story has little room to shock or surprise. And yet, legal theater draws much interest. Why? I’m no psychologist but if I had to hazard a guess,… Read More →

Book Review: When She Woke

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

When She Woke: A Novel by Hillary Jordan (Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 2011. 368 pp) Hillary Jordan earned her B.A. in English and Political Science from Wellesley College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She worked as an advertising copywriter for 15 years before she became a full-time author. Jordan has received the Bellwether Prize and an Alex Award from the American Library Association. The Scarlet Letter When I was a wee boy learning the ways of the six string, I would attempt to write a new guitar riff every day. Most of these musical progressions stunk like durian fruit. Occasionally, I would write something adequate. These moments excite. Something I could share with the world! Maybe?… Read More →