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There are many parallels between Joe Exotic's life and Shakespeare's

King Lear & The Tiger King: How Shakespeare Makes Joe Exotic’s Tragedy Roar

April 22, 2020

While violent and hysterically amusing, the rise in popularity of “Tiger King” is not surprising; the docuseries exists as a modern-day Shakespearean tragedy that dissects the American consciousness in the same ways Shakespeare’s works examined English society nearly 400 years ago.

“The Silent Patient” Takes Clever Turns

April 22, 2020

This page-turning mystery dives deep into Theo and Alicia’s personal lives, producing a novel of the same psychological dimensions as a Gillian Flynn mystery.

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Read at the Bone: Jacqueline Woodson’s “Red At The Bone”

April 15, 2020

Overall, “Red at the Bone” is a beautiful and short novel.

“Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” is Fairly Ordinary

April 1, 2020

In making the novel a dark romantic comedy, Honeyman begins to lose some of the nuance of Eleanor’s voice.

Richard Powers’ “The Overstory” Captures the American Outdoors

March 25, 2020

It is immersive, thought-provoking and not a “walk-in-the-park,” but instead a journey into the unknown — yet somehow familiar — wilderness of modern America.

Ocean Vuong’s “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.” (Courtesy of Facebook)

Ocean Vuong’s “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous”

March 4, 2020

Although the novel is short, its impact on readers is tremendous.

Pictured: Kiley Reid’s “Such a Fun Age.” (Courtesy of Facebook)

Kiley Reid’s “Such a Fun Age”

February 19, 2020

This familiarity makes Reid’s writing so poignant.

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