Category Archives: Literature

Rodalena Reviews: Go Set a Watchman

(Note to reader: the following review includes vague spoilers; the linked articles give specific ones.) Reading Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman is like unintentionally walking in on a half-dressed bride. Some highly-stressed Aunt Alexandra-type hollered to go get her; … Continue reading

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Books that Move

So, yeah, I got “tagged” by a friend on Facebook to list “Ten Books that Have Stayed With Me in Some Way”… Continue reading

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Rodalena Reviews: The Red Tent

“The story it told was unremarkable: a tale of love found and lost- the oldest story in the world. The only story.” -Anita Diamant Continue reading

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Rodalena Reviews: The Fault in Our Stars

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal…” Continue reading

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The First Edition

treasures… Continue reading

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Pearls of Wisdom

In her life, just as in her writing, Pearl treated ordinary people with a reverent humanity. Continue reading

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Schoolish Thoughts: Accounting for the Arts

We’re running dangerously low on English majors and art historians. Continue reading

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Book Lover’s Paradise

In Archer, Texas, there’s a dusty wonder with a stupid name not too far from the Dairy Queen… Continue reading

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Feeding the Spirit

Nothing feeds the spirit like a good book. Continue reading

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Rodalena Reviews: The Hobbit

My review of “The Hobbit-An Unexpected Journey” Continue reading

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