A Note…

Hello everyone!

It has been a while and I just wanted to let you all know that I have been taking a short break. I am focusing my reading energy on some religious/spiritual texts to gain both perspective and intuition for the next couple of months, and though I will be posting reviews occasionally, they will be (like the word implies) only occasional.

If you want to reach me, please do so by email (napoleonsplit@gmail.com).

See you soon!



Book #34: We Have Always Lived in the Castle


Title: We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Author: Shirley Jackson
Original Publication Date: 1962
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Page Count: 147
Genre: Horror Fiction
Why: Recommended by Margot at Lectito
1)“I can’t help it when people are frightened,” said Merricat. “I always want to frighten them more.”
Friend(s) who would enjoy this book: Melanie at GTL (I know it is on your list!), Tyra, Mr. Quatro, Divya, Belle, Kate @ Read and Dream Continue reading

Book #32: Uncle Vanya

Title: Uncle Vanya
Author: Anton Checkhov
Publication Date: First published 1897
Page Count: 82
Genre: Drama
Why: I am on a play binge.
1) “Your convictions by themselves are nothing. Like, like, paint in the palette. It’s you should have been working, you, who should have been using them. Doing real work.”
2) “Where could we look to find a simple, unencumbered and spontaneous relation to our fellows, and the world? Where? No where. No where on this earth. I assure you.”
New words/phrases: Samovar, picayune, je ne sais quoi, torpor
Friend(s) who would enjoy this book: Jessica, Kate– you would absolutely love this play!, Tyra (maybe?) Continue reading

Book #30: Death of a Salesman

summer series*This book is part of The Summer Series in which a friend and I read 7 (carefully chosen) classics from June through September. For this reason, I will just include my thoughts on the book without a rating.*


Title: Death of A Salesman
Author: Arthur Miller
Publication Date: 1994 (originally 1949)
Publisher: Heinemann Library Continue reading

Book #28: Missoula


Title: Missoula
Author: Jon Krakauer
Publication Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Doubleday
Page Count: 349
Genre: Nonfiction
***NOTE FOR WHY: When I first learned about the Brock Turner Case and read the surface statistics of campus rapes, I was outraged. As a girl who will be attending college, I was angry not only at Turner and the lack of punishment he faced, but also (as the author states similarly) at myself for being “so uninformed ” about campus rape in general. With Melanie of GTL‘s help, I found this book, and am equal parts astounded and horrified by the stories within its pages. Continue reading

On Dreams, Determinism, and Dramatic Renditions: Interview with Heather Fowler!

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I recently read Heather Fowler’s newest work Beautiful Ape Girl Baby (see review here), and totally and completely fell in love. Fowler takes a traditional self-liberating teenage road trip and weaves it with an authentic and immensely powerful discussion of gender and sexuality. Her incredible main character, Beautiful Ape Girl Baby Chef, is an absolute delight to read and will have you laughing for most of the story. The perfect balance of humor and hard-hitting prose makes Beautiful Ape Girl Baby unforgettable and completely heart-wrenching.

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Heather Fowler

Author Bio: Heather Fowler is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, librettist, and novelist. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans. Fowler’s stories and poems have been published online and in print in the U.S., England, Australia, and India, with her work appearing in such venues as PANK, Night Train, storyglossia, Surreal South, Feminist Studies, and more. She is Poetry Editor at Corium Magazine. For updates on Beautiful Ape Girl Baby, drop in at her websiteFacebook, or Twitter and say hello! Continue reading