Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty has made a name for herself through novels that primarily dwell on drama amongst suburban moms. In her latest effort, Big Little Lies, Moriarty amps up the discord by throwing domestic violence and murder into the mix.  Continue reading “Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty”

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

I never pegged myself as a fan of Young Adult fiction, but I am coming to learn that I just have a distaste for Young Adult fiction that incorporates supernatural elements. I loathed Twilight, but I loved The Fault in Our StarsThe Tiger’s Curse was a painful, painful experience, but The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was truly delightful. Delightful feels like the wrong word to use here, because the story is something of an emotional roller coaster. Nevertheless, it is well-written with an unforgettable narrator, and for that reason, it’s something that young adults should be reading. Continue reading “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie”

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

I was initially drawn to Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother because of an inside joke that I have long shared with my sister. For years, we have joked about our “strict Asian upbringing,” referring to our mother’s high academic expectations. Perfect grades were not an option, they were a requirement. At the time, my mother’s methods seemed questionable, at best. However, years later, I can finally appreciate her motives, and I do feel that I owe my impressive educational achievements to her efforts. I essentially feel the same way about Amy Chua’s book, a nonfiction account of raising her American daughters through Chinese parenting. Had I read this book in middle school or high school, I would have assuredly perceived this woman as some sort of medieval tyrant. Now, though, I can appreciate what she was trying to do, even if her tactics often lean towards the extreme. Continue reading “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua”