Book Reviews

Review of The Story Cure: An A-Z of Books to Keep Kids Happy, Healthy, and Wise by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin, Times Literary Supplement (TLS), 4 June 2017. http://bit.ly/2sj6KiJ

“ ‘Dark at the Crossing’: The Human Cost of the Syrian Civil War.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 26 March 2017. http://bit.ly/2r2RSBE

“American Scheherazade: A Refreshing First Novel about Memory and Estrangement.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 12 February 2017. http://bit.ly/2kGtodb

 Review of The Woman Next Door, by Yewande Omotoso, Times Literary Supplement (TLS), 1 July 2016. Print.

“‘The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts’: A True Tale of Protecting Humanity’s Legacy.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 8 May 2016. http://bit.ly/1WgXyUq

Review of A Wild Swan and Other Tales by Michael Cunningham, Times Literary Supplement (TLS), 8 February 2016. Print.

“‘In Other Words’: Jhumpa Lahiri’s Deep Dive into Italian.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 28 February 2016. http://bit.ly/1suQkjf

“In ‘Arab of the Future’ Cartoonist Pens Memoir of His Family’s Migration from France.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10 January 2016. http://bit.ly/1Pdefse

“Melancholy in Istanbul: Orhan Pamuk’s Ninth Novel Picks up Where His 2003 Memoir Left Off.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6 December 2015. http://bit.ly/1TtJiTp

Review of Alexandrian Summer, by Yitzhak Gormezano Goren, Times Literary Supplement, 21 November 2015. Print.

“‘The Mersault Investigation’: Novelist’s Response to Camus’ ‘The Stranger’ Grants Humanity to Slain Arab.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 31 May 2014. http://bit.ly/1ACDAdO

“‘The Architect’s Apprentice’: A Tale of 16th-Century Istanbul Mixes Architecture, Mystery and History.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 3 May 2015. http://bit.ly/1EMd8N9

“Even Impolite Women Rarely Make History: ‘Almost Famous Women’ by Megan Mayhew Bergman.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 15 February 2015. bit.ly/17bGPuQ

‘The Lives of Others’: In Neel Mukherjee’s Masterful Novel, Home is Where the Class

Warfare Is.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 25 January 2015. bit.ly/1EMzQpX

“A Jewel in the Rejection Pile: ‘Skylight’ by José Saramago.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 7 December 2014.  bit.ly/12Y6pSn

“’Hiding in Plain Sight’: The Demands and Expectations of a Somali Family after the Patriarch’s Death.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 16 November 2014. bit.ly/1xMZV3K

“Reporter Michael Hastings’s Novel Indicts Media over Iraq War Coverage.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 4 July 2014. bit.ly/1vGmK59

” ‘Young God:’ A Gothic Creep Show.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 22 June 2014. bit.ly/VC3KKD

“Emma Donoghue’s Frog Music: More Than a Mystery.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 27 April 2014. bit.ly/1mXtdqi

An Unnecessary Woman: A Beirut Novel for Lovers of Books and Misfits.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 15 March 2014.  bit.ly/1pHMtqL

The Sun and Other Stars: The Redemptive Power of Soccer.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1 March 2014. bit.ly/1gXTHYu

“Jenny Offill Explores Love’s Illusions in Second Novel Dept. of Speculation.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 26 January 2014. bit.ly/1bt7S0c

“A Literary Gold Rush, Review of The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1 December 2013. bit.ly/1m5dOS0

“Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland: The Aftershock of Violence on Bengali Indians in America.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 20 October 2013. bit.ly/1alij8Q

“In Claire of the Sea Light, Edwidge Danticat Takes on Trauma of Her Native Haiti.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 8 September 2013. bit.ly/1eskfO3

Parenting Without Borders Surveys Global Families.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 June 2013.  bit.ly/11Sc4pg

“Threads of Betrayal in a Kurdish Family Laid Bare in Honor, Review of Honor by Elif Shafak.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 29 May 2013. bit.ly/17ttp6c

“Paula Bomer’s Nine Months: An Unvarnished Tale of a Mom Gone ’round the Bend.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 26 August 2012. bit.ly/14cRoZt

Monkey Mind a Dark but Funny Memoir about Living with Anxiety.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 8 July 2012. bit.ly/11Hmuro