LIT UP by David Denby | Review

As I scrolled through the audio books available for me to download on Overdrive before my long flight to England, one title (and subtitle) caught my attention: Lit Up: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-four Books That Can Change Lives. by David Denby. How could I resist? David Denby, an American journalist and film critic for The New … Continue reading LIT UP by David Denby | Review

Carfax Tower | Holly Goes Abroad

I've been fortunate enough to have quite a few friends and family members visit me in Oxford throughout my year abroad here, meaning that I've developed a bit of a "tour" of Oxford that I like to take them on. One of my favorite stops on this mini tour is Carfax Tower, which my dad … Continue reading Carfax Tower | Holly Goes Abroad

THE ART OF MEMOIR by Mary Karr | Review

Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well. For thirty years Karr has also taught the form, winning graduate teaching prizes … Continue reading THE ART OF MEMOIR by Mary Karr | Review

Student Accommodations | Holly Goes Abroad

Spring break is officially here! Since I'll be staying in Oxford for the next six weeks in between traveling, I thought I would talk a little bit about where I live and how the experience has been thus far. The majority of students at Mansfield College live on campus, but the visiting students and a … Continue reading Student Accommodations | Holly Goes Abroad

FREDERICK DOUGLASS by William S. McFeely

I've been fascinated by the life and writing of Frederick Douglass ever since reading his autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845) in my Introduction to Literature class during my very first semester of college. Born into slavery, Douglass eventually escaped to the North, became a free man, and rose to be a prolific orator … Continue reading FREDERICK DOUGLASS by William S. McFeely

A Classic Couple: Howards End and On Beauty

It's finally time to return to the long-lost Classic Couple feature! Today I'll be highlighting a pair of novels that were basically designed to go together: E.M. Forster's Howards End (1910) and Zadie Smith's On Beauty (2005). Smith wrote On Beauty as a purposeful homage to Forster's novel, meaning that there are countless fascinating parallels between them. Without further ado, it's … Continue reading A Classic Couple: Howards End and On Beauty

The London Underground | Holly Goes Abroad

Folks, I'm here to tell you that I have discovered my long-lost love: the London Underground. I had never used the tube until a few weeks ago when my friend and I made a spontaneous trip to London for the day (click here to see the resulting bookshop crawl) and now my life has changed. … Continue reading The London Underground | Holly Goes Abroad

MEMORIAL by Alice Oswald | Review

In this daring new work, the poet Alice Oswald strips away the narrative of the Iliad—the anger of Achilles, the story of Helen—in favor of attending to its atmospheres: the extended similes that bring so much of the natural order into the poem and the corresponding litany of the war-dead, most of whom are little … Continue reading MEMORIAL by Alice Oswald | Review

London Bookshops | Holly Goes Abroad

One of the best things about Oxford is its location: removed from any loud cities, but only an hour and a half bus ride to London. This makes it possible for my friends and I to take spontaneous day trips to London (when our work loads allow, of course). A few weekends ago a friend … Continue reading London Bookshops | Holly Goes Abroad

FEBRUARY 2018 | Wrap-Up

Happy March! It's that time once again to look back on the last month's books, favorites, adventures, and highlights. I'm just going to ignore the fact that it's March already and spring has basically already arrived in England which means we're getting closer to summer... but enough looking ahead! Here's what I was up to … Continue reading FEBRUARY 2018 | Wrap-Up