The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Juno Diaz

My Five Star Friday recommendation, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a coming of age story, a family saga, historical fiction, and an examination of contemporary American life. Summary:  Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of … Continue reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Juno Diaz

The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende

Had enough of the media’s looping dirge of dismal US political news but still love the intrigue of cut-throat power-struggles? Do you relish stories that chronicle family sagas, tragedy, romance, and political intrigue all in a historical setting? If yes to any of those questions, my Five Star Friday recommendation is Isabel Allende’s first novel, … Continue reading The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende