The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

March 30, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): The Historian starts out in Amsterdam in 1972, where an unnamed teenaged Narrator finds a strange book in her father Paul’s study. The book is obviously old, and printed on vellum. It has no words on its pages, but does contain an elaborate woodcut of a dragon in the middle. When […]


Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario

March 27, 2010

Summary (with spoilers): Every year, thousands of migrants illegally cross the U.S. border and filter into the country, desperately seeking a way to make a better life for themselves and their families. Contrary to popular belief, these are not all Mexicans. Indeed, many of the migrants come from much father away and have to do […]


Credit Repair for Dummies

March 26, 2010

I was just talking to my brother the other day, and as usual, he was complaining about the state of his finances. He is practically broke even though he has a very good job, and it’s all because he doesn’t know how to manage his money. He has racked up a ton of credit card […]


Guilty by Ann Coulter

March 24, 2010

Summary: In Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America, conservative columnist Ann Coulter once again sets her sights on the biggest problems in America — most of which can be traced to faulty liberal ideology and policies. Her main argument here is that the way to get ahead in America these days, much to […]


Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie

March 21, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): Hilary Craven is at the end of her rope. She has lost her only child, and her husband recently divorced her. Hilary doesn’t know what to do with herself, so she takes a trip to Paris, fully intending to commit suicide once she gets there. The plane she’s traveling on actually […]


Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

March 19, 2010

This book sat atop the NY Times Bestseller list in the Nonfiction category for weeks and weeks and weeks, so I decided to pick it up and see what the fuss was all about. It turns out the book is a biography about Greg Mortenson, a climbing aficionado who was once rescued after a disastrous […]


Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

March 18, 2010

Lee Fiora is a freshman at Ault, a prestigious boarding school located an hour away from Massachusetts. Unlike 98% of her classmates who are the scions of wealthy and powerful families, Lee is a scholarship student from South Bend whose father is a mattress salesman and whose mother is a teacher. Though nobody talks about […]


Light on Snow by Anita Shreve

March 17, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): One bleak, wintry day in a rural area of New Hampshire, 12-year-old Nicole “Nicky” Dillon and her father Robert go for their daily snowshoeing trek out in the woods behind their isolated home. This particular trek will prove life-changing, however, as the two come across a newborn baby girl wrapped in […]


Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler

March 16, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): Liam Pennywell is a 60-year-old teacher who has been forced to retire early when the mediocre private school he works at decides to combine their two fifth-grade classes into one. Liam looks upon the event philosophically–which makes sense since his degree is in philosophy. How he ended up teaching history to […]


NY Times Bestsellers 31410

March 14, 2010

Remember last year at around this time when four football players (2 NFL players and 2 former college players) were lost at sea after a storm came up during their fishing trip? Well the lone survivor of the incident, Nick Schuyler, has released a book detailing the incident. It’s called Not Without Hope, and went […]