Literature

Jamrach’s Menagerie…a rich, intricate tale of survival and friendship

Title: Jamrach’s Menagerie Author: Carol Birch Published: Doubleday/2011 Genre: Literature Length: 304 pages Rating: 7/10 You could say I read Jamrach’s Menagerie because of how beautiful the cover is and because of how fun it is to say the title out loud! But it was also shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize and available to borrow… Continue reading Jamrach’s Menagerie…a rich, intricate tale of survival and friendship

Historical fiction · War Fiction

Matterhorn…an astonishing account of Vietnam

Title: Matterhorn Author: Karl Marlantes Published: Grove Press/2010 Genre: War Fiction/History Length: 608 pages Rating: 10/10 This book is not for the faint of heart. While I’ve enjoyed other novels about WWII (like The Things They Carried or Battle Cry), the civil war, etc, which felt authentic and were sobering reads, Karl Marlantes’ depiction of Vietnam in Matterhorn is in… Continue reading Matterhorn…an astonishing account of Vietnam