Monday, June 8, 2009

Review : An Unlikely Disciple

An Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University by Kevin Roose. Grand Central Publishing (March 26, 2009)

I was distracted from my reading of Du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel by a piece on NPR. Two weeks ago, I heard an interview with Kevin Roose about his book, An Unlikely Disciple. The story sounded familiar so I went back to my stacks of ARCs and found that I had picked this up at ALA Midwinter in January. I am very impressed with Kevin Roose, who spent a semester at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University in 2007. At the time, Roose was only 19 years old. An Unlikely Disciple is extremely well written for someone of Mr. Roose's age. I'm sure some will fault him for his generous evaluation of Liberty and its evangelical Christian community. I agree that he is rather lenient, yet I am happy that he managed to maintain a sense of objectivity throughout his experience. Most outside views of evangelical Christianity are not and, in fact, tend to dismiss or even attack the values of this group. While I don't agree with evangelical views, I appreciated Roose's attempt to truly understand the people he met at Liberty and his emphasis on the fact that not evangelicals are cut from the same mold. No political or religious sect is entirely of one mind. I would heartily recommend An Unlikely Disciple to anyone curious about the evangelical Christian movement. Perhaps it is age bias on my part, but I am truly amazed by what this now twenty-one year old achieved in An Unlikely Disciple. I look forward to the future work of Kevin Roose as one can only assume his writing and retrospection will improve with age.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Review : Frenchman's Creek

Frenchman's Creek by Daphne Du Maurier

Daphne Du Maurier is a true spinner of tales. She expertly weaves romance and mystery into a thought-provoking story. Frenchman's Creek is no exception. The tale of Dona St Columb entrances the reader from the beginning and makes one consider the state of her own life. I heartily recommend Frenchman's Creek to anyone who appreciates romance, mystery or the gothic novel. One of my favorite books is Du Maurier's Rebecca, and Frenchman's Creek does not disappoint. It solidifies my love of Daphne Du Maurier. I praise Sourcebooks for bringing her work to a new generation of readers.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Work has really been kicking my butt this spring, but I've finally found a little time to start reading for pleasure again. It's a well-deserved break from library literature.

I just started Daphne du Maurier's Frenchman's Creek as published by Sourcebooks this month. I've always loved Daphne du Maurier. Rebecca is one of my all-time favorite books.

Look for a review coming soon!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

my apologies...

I'm sorry for having gone MIA for so long. Between the holidays and readjusting to being back at work, I haven't been able to keep up with my blog. I hope to have some new posts up soon. I should be able to get some reading done on planes and in airports this weekend.