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  • 21st Century,  General Fiction

    The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of Rufi Thorpe’s debut novel The Girls from Coronal de Mar at Naomi’s blog The Writes of Woman. So, last week, after reading too much crime fiction – I never dreamed this would happen – I longed for the twisted, dark and emotionally haunting story that Naomi had told me The Girls from Corona del Mar was. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Please beware, this review contains spoilers. From Goodreads: Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers…

  • Classics,  Crime fiction

    Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers

    I have spent the last two weeks reading Murder by the Book by Sally Munt, a book published in the 90’s exploring feminist crime fiction. As you can imagine, there are constant references to classics, so I saw myself stopping my study routine to read two wonderful crime fiction classics that had been on my to-be-read list for quite a long time: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie and Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers. From Goodreads: Mystery novelist Harriet Vane knew all about poisons, and when her fiancĂ© died in the manner prescribed in one of her books, a jury of her peers had a hangman’s noose…

  • Crime fiction,  TV/Movies

    Top of the Lake by Jane Campion

    Last May I helped organize a conference in my university and after talking about our research fields I was recommended two TV shows for the crime lover in me: Top of the Lake (2013) and The Bletchley Circle (2012). One of the things that called my attention was that Top of the Lake was written and produced by Jane Campion whose movie The Piano changed something in non-sexist representation of women. So, as soon as I got home I got Top of the Lake and started watching it. Beware! This review contains some minor spoilers. To sum up the main premise, I would only say that detective Robin Griffin (Elizabeth…

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction

    Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

    Eat, Pray, Love is Elizabeth Gilbert‘s autobiographical novel about her middle-age crisis and the journey she embarked on in order to “discover her real self”. The book is divided into three parts: Italy, India and Bali. Elizabeth spends four months in each place trying to recover from a 2 year-long divorce and an addiction to her hurtful lover, David. In Italy she eats, studies Italian and learns to enjoy life. In India she wakes up really early to work hard and learn to pray properly. Last, but not least, in Bali he meets again with the medicine man who, some years before had predicted  she would come back. So, Eat,…