Book Review: Forest Dark

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss

Forest Dark: A Novel by Nicole Krauss (New York: Harper, 2017. 295 pp) Nicole Krauss is an American novelist whose works include, Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Orange Prize, and The History of Love, which won the Saroyan Prize for International Literature and France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger. Krauss was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists and was chosen by The New Yorker for their “Twenty Under Forty” list. The Masks We Wear I wear a mask in public. It shrouds just enough of my imperfections; it accentuates elements of who I believe others would like me to be. Is “public me” really me? Does anyone outside my wife and… Read More →

Book Review: Here I Am

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

Here I Am: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2016. 592 pp) Born in Washington, D.C., Jonathan Safran Foer attended Princeton University earning a degree in philosophy. While at Princeton, Foer developed a senior thesis around the life of his Holocaust surviving grandfather. Eventually, this thesis became Foer’s first published book titled, Everything Is Illuminated. The book received critical acclaim winning the National Jewish Book Award and a Guardian First Book Award. Eventually, the novel was adapted into a film starring Elijah Wood. Foer’s second novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel garnered both praise and derision for its use of 9/11 as a narrative tool and its use of visual writing. Foer… Read More →

Book Review: God of the Oppressed

God of the Oppressed by James Cone

God of the Oppressed by James H. Cone (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1975. 300 pp) James H. Cone is the Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary. Cone earned his B.A. from Philander Smith College, his M.Div. from Garrett Theological Seminary and later, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Known as the founder of black liberation theology, Dr. Cone has won the American Black Achievement Award, the Martin E. Marty Award for Public Understanding of Religion, and the Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award. He is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church . Isolation at Thanksgiving Do you remember early Thanksgiving dinners at the kid’s table? The feeling of being there but not being… Read More →