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Mockingjay and The Hunger Games Trilogy reviewed by Cari Dubiel, Class of 2003

October 14th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Dystopian, Fiction, Young Adult

Harry Potter and Bella Swan have made young adult literature hot again. Over the past decade, many books for this age group have attempted to replicate those series’ success. With film versions on the horizon, and the ultimate book, Mockingjay, topping the bestseller lists, the Hunger Games trilogy may be close. Bookmark on Delicious Digg [...]

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The Things They Carried reviewed by Camilla Grigsby, Class of 2000

October 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Fiction, Historical Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction

Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried is frequently hailed as a 20th century masterpiece, but it is difficult to nail the book down to a single genre. Is it one of the best novels of the 20th century? One of the best short story collections? In the book, O’Brien weaves stories of fiction and reality, [...]

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Obedience reviewed by Jeff Swenson, Assistant Professor of English

September 26th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Fiction, Thrillers

As an English professor, I’ll admit I have a fascination with novels about college. Life in the academy is wonderful, but it’s rarely racy or uproariously funny, so I find often perverse pleasure in the depiction of that life as sultry, funny, or dangerous. In Kingsley Amis’ Lucky Jim, I reveled in the discomfort of [...]

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The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart reviewed by Elizabeth Zollinger, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

September 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Fiction, Works in Translation

This is a charming coming of age story soaked with melancholy. Set in the late 19th century Europe, the narrator describes his formative years with a prosthetic heart. Teased and bullied at school for being different, the only escape for little Jack is the memory the beautiful near-sighted little singer who he has only met [...]

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The Help reviewed by Cyndy Willis-Chun, Assistant Professor of Communication

August 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Fiction, Historical Fiction

After noticing The Help on The New York Times Bestseller List for several weeks running, I saw it on the library’s new books shelf and had to pick it up. It’s an easy read, but perceptive in its look at race relations between Mississippi whites and “the help” during the 1960s. The story shifts perspective [...]

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Death Without Tenure reviewed by Arlene Hilfer, Visiting Assistant Professor of English

August 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Fiction, Mystery

What mysteries do English professors read when they need a break after a long teaching day? I don’t know about others, but I delve into Joanna Dobson’s academic mysteries starring Karen Pelletier, an untenured English professor at prestigious Enfield College. Raised on the wrong side of the tracks in Lowell, Massachusetts, single-mother Karen Pelletier has [...]

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The Girl Who Played with Fire reviewed by Kirsten Parkinson, Associate Professor of English

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Fiction

Sitting in an airport waiting room consuming Stieg Larsson’s second novel, The Girl Who Played with Fire, I saw a man across the aisle reading Larsson’s first book—in Dutch. My local art theater is playing the cinematic version of the earlier story, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, in Swedish with subtitles. Larsson mania has [...]

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Under the Dome reviewed by Cari Dubiel, Class of 2003

June 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment · Fiction

At 1074 pages, or 30 discs for the audio version, Stephen King’s latest novel is quite a commitment. Even my journey to its successful completion was complicated. I’m a Hiram alum, but I’m also a reference librarian at the Twinsburg Public Library—so my initial checkout of the book was short-lived, as there were other patrons [...]

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Dream House: A Novel reviewed by Cheryl Torsney, Vice President and Dean of the College

June 9th, 2010 · 5 Comments · Fiction

In part as a result of the mortgage crisis and in part because of personal circumstances –  I’ve changed jobs, moved, and recently sold one home and refinanced another – I’ve been thinking of the dream or, in many cases, the nightmare, of home ownership.   Stories on NPR have sought to clarify the source of [...]

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