Crimson staff writer
Caroline E. Tew
‘The Resisters’ Resists Tropes, Falls Flat
The text’s novelty cannot overcome the fact that it will be too much baseball for some, too much technology for others, and only just right for the very few.
‘The Glass Hotel’ is More Than the Average Financial Thriller
Come for the Ponzi scheme, stay for the satisfying conclusion.
‘My Dark Vanessa’ Takes Risks With Disturbing Results
Words like “controversial” and “shocking” don’t begin to describe the feelings this book brings up.
‘Oona Out of Order’ Tries to Make Sense of Life
“Oona Out of Order” is equal parts a light-hearted romp through the last 40 years and a thoughtful look at what makes life worth living. Sure, it relies pretty heavily on bizarre, unexplainable phenomena, but as older Oona might say, “It be like that sometimes.”
What to Read in Quarantine
For many book lovers, there’s a big TBR shelf (“to be read,” for the uninitiated) staring us down. Here’s a guide to help you narrow down what to read.
The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours’ Fades into the Background
While the lyrics leave a bit to be desired and the song is slow to ramp up, “After Hours” is still worth a listen.
‘The Girl with the Louding Voice’ is Fast-Paced Yet Unfortunately Predictable
Perhaps one of the strongest parts of the novel is Adunni’s narrative voice, no pun intended.
‘Cleanness’ Is Beautiful, But Vague
"Cleanness" is a meandering novel — it contains more rumination than active plot — although the short sections and well-written prose keep the story flowing.
In ‘Oligarchy,’ Satire Becomes Cruelty
Scarlett Thomas’ latest novel “Oligarchy” is billed as a comedic look at the pressures girls face — mainly being beautiful and thin.
‘Topics of Conversation’: The Book Everyone is Talking About
“Conversation is flirtation,” which is fitting given that Miranda Popkey’s debut novel “Topics of Conversation” is all about desire, and, of course, flirtation.