Category Archives: Book Reviews

Guest Review from Hussain Ather: Kwame Appiah’s “Experiments in Ethics’”

ou’re in a dilemma. A train is about to run over five people strapped to the tracks. You may pull a lever to switch the train to another track where the train would only kill one person. In this thought experiment, known as the trolley problem, what would you do? Continue reading

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Book Review—Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

This true story is about a young man, Christopher McCandless, who leaves his middle-class home in Virginia to wander the country alone with no money, no plan, and no destination. Krakauer follows his journey through the American west, piecing together the details, and all the way to Alaska, where McCandless’s body was found in a rusted bus near the Stampede Trail. Continue reading

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Book Review—Wind/Pinball by Haruki Murakami

In these two stories we find an unnamed narrator and the character The Rat from A Wild Sheep Chase, two twenty-somethings contemplating their place in the world, how they got there, and whether to seek change. Continue reading

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Book Review—The North Water by Ian McGuire

What I loved about The North Water, but which I must caution potential readers against, is the sheer vulgarity of the language and images that McGuire includes in his story. Continue reading

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Book Review—What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

I devoured Helen Oyeyemi’s “What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours” and was devastated to read the last word. Each story is unique and just as enchanting as the last. Continue reading

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Book Review—Toms River: a story of science and salvation by Dan Fagin

In the 1950s the Swiss dye manufacturing company Ciba-Geigy arrived in Toms River, a small town by the Jersey shore. Yet as the company brought jobs, and a boon to the local economy, it also dumped billions of tons of hazardous chemical waste into the river, unlined landfills, and eventually the ocean. Continue reading

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Book Review—The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

Yann Martel’s newest book, The High Mountains of Portugal, is a three-part journey that explores grief and Christian devotion with a twist. Continue reading

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Book Review—Lesabénido: an asteroid novel

On the asteroid Pallas, a race of worm/slugs-like beings live a Utopian life filled with art, music, and deep thoughts. One day they decide to build a gigantic tower to penetrate through a glowing cobweb cloud that hangs above their planet during the day, and descends and becomes dark at night. Continue reading

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Book Review—The Fly Trap by Fredrik Sjöberg

An entomologist’s memoir about a life collecting hoverflies on the small island Runmarö near Stockholm, Sweden. The book is in part about collecting flies, but also chronicles the life of obscure naturalist René Malaise, and the author’s journey tracking Malaise’s life and history. Continue reading

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Book Review—Slade House by David Mitchell

Hidden down the twists and turns of Slade Alley is a small iron door. Behind the door is a house, where no house should be, and within that house is a pair of siblings that have been waiting for you. David Mitchell’s Slade House is a dark story with surprises at every turn. Continue reading

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