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Book Review: Ladies’ Paradise

Imagine stepping through the brilliant, polished French doors of a 19th-century department store. The scent of perfume wafts through your nose as you step onto the shining wood floors, the voices of shoppers and drapers and haberdashery workers rising all around in a cacophony of sound. Brilliantly-lit chandeliers cast glints of light off of silken… Continue reading Book Review: Ladies’ Paradise

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/25

Wow-Alex-Is-Really-Lame-Time: I’m reading Ladies’ Paradise by Emile Zola, a title that sounds befitting of grocery store romance novels and trashy chick lit. At 480 pages, this one is a fairly long one, and most people would probably raise an eyebrow at this one. At the title, you would assume that it’s just some kind of Victorian-era romance popular among… Continue reading It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/25

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REVIEW: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

When I pulled this one out around my uber-feminista stepmother, she wrinkled her nose at me. “Why are you reading that?” She asked, peering around the stem of her wineglass at me. “Cause I like Junot Diaz?” “But he’s so rough on women,” she responded, with is Stepmom for ‘they say a bad thing about a… Continue reading REVIEW: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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Book Review: Alexander Hamilton

  The 731-page behemoth is vanquished! Suddenly, I’m very emotional about a long-dead Treasury Secretary. I’m sad the book is over. I’m sad for Hamilton’s legacy. What’s more, I’m sad for Aaron Burr‘s legacy. Whether it’s towards the theoretical protagonist or the theoretical antagonist, it’s hard not to feel some type of pity for Ron Chernow’s version… Continue reading Book Review: Alexander Hamilton