Category Archives: Reviews

Reading Lolita in Tehran Review

Reading Lolita in Tehran By: Azar Nafisi Paige’s Rating: (1) of 5 Recommended for: History- Non-Fiction Readers Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads… Read More »

40 Rules of Love Review

The Forty Rules of Love By: Elif Shafak Paige’s Rating: (5) of 5 Recommended for: Love and Spirituality Turkish author Elif Shafak unfolds two tantalizing parallel narratives- one contemporary and the other set in the thirteenth century, when Rumi encountered his spiritual mentor, the whirling dervish known as Shams of Tabriz-that together incarnate the poet’s… Read More »

Seven Houses Review

Seven Houses By: Alev Lytle Croutier Paige’s Rating: (4) of 5 Recommended for: Historic Fiction- Family Love Seven Houses chronicles the lives of four generations of remarkable women, sweeping readers from the last days of the Ottoman monarchy to Turkey’s transformation into a republic and the present-day backlash. After reading and rather enjoying Elif Shafak’s… Read More »

Girl With Pearl Earring Review

Girl With a Pearl Earring By: Tracy Chevalier Paige’s Rating: (3) of 5 Recommended for: Historic Fiction Girl with a Pearl Earring centers on Vermeer’s prosperous Delft household during the 1660s. When Griet, the novel’s quietly perceptive heroine, is hired as a servant, turmoil follows. First, the 16-year-old narrator becomes increasingly intimate with her master.… Read More »

Super Sad Love Story Review

Super Sad True Love Story By: Gary Shteyngart Paige’s Rating: (4) of 5 Recommended for: Fiction- Futuristic Dystopian Demise Style Super Sad True Love Story belies almost every word of its title, but it still plunges us into a satirical realm that we can recognize if we open our eyes widely. Restless, middle-aged, maladjusted Lenny… Read More »

Water for Elephants Review

Water for Elephants By: Sara Gruen Paige’s Rating: (3) of 5 Stars Recommended for: Fiction/Romance Readers Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski’s ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular… Read More »

Atlas Shrugged Review

Atlas Shrugged By: Ayn Rand Paige’s Rating: (1) of 5 Stars Recommended for: Masochists Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world–and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read.… Read More »

Wurthering Heights Review

Wurthering Heights By: Emily Brontë Paige’s Rating: (4) of 5 Stars Recommended for: Classic Literature Readers A brooding Yorkshire tale of a love that is stronger than death, it is also a fierce vision of metaphysical passion, in which heaven and hell, nature and society, are powerfully juxtaposed. Unique, mystical, with a timeless appeal, it… Read More »