Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Not for the first time, I find myself reading a book about ten years too late and being utterly incapable of connecting with it on any level. Someone probably should have made me read this when I was in high school, and I most likely would have reviewed it more favorably – then again, I read The Catcher in the Rye when I was fifteen and found Holden Caulfield to be utterly insufferable, so it’s entirely possible that I just do not care about the struggle of the middle-class teenage white boy.
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The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

The Chaperone

It’s the summer of 1922 in Wichita, Kansas, and thirty-six year old Cora Carlisle is bored. Her twin sons are preparing to leave for college, and she doesn’t have anything to do with her time except various charity functions. Then she learns that her neighbor’s fifteen year old daughter has been accepted to a summer dance program in New York, and needs someone to accompany the girl as a chaperone. Cora volunteers for the job, but has motives other than just an excuse to get out of Kansas for the summer: Cora’s own history began in New York, and she goes there hoping to answer some questions about her past. In the meantime, though, she will stay busy keeping an eye on her charge: headstrong, independent, fifteen year old Louise Brooks, who is only a few years away from becoming a Hollywood superstar.

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Lord Peter: The Complete Lord Peter Wimsey Stories by Dorothy Sayers

Lord Peter (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries)

Since discovering Lord Peter in college, I’ve resisted the urge to race through all of his mysteries. There are only eleven, and I prefer to read them slowly, one every year or so, so they can last as long as possible. Knowing that I only have four left makes me sad, but this collection was a nice antidote – with twenty-one stories, it felt like at least three or four novels’ worth of mysteries.
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