Lily Callander: The Book of Salt by Monique Truong

The Book of Salt, written by Monique Truong, is one of the reasons that I became an English major. We read this in Professor Comorau’s English 145 class, “Reading the Global Kitchen,” and I continually find myself recommending it to anyone who will listen. Truong’s work fascinated me due to its ability to excellently pose the question of how we, as readers, take narrators at their word, often not ruminating upon the idea that this character may be untruthful and unreliable.

Maddie Marusek: I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

This summer, I was strolling through the book section of the Costco near my house when a book titled I Was Anastasia caught my eye. I decided to buy the book, which was undoubtedly the best thing I have ever bought from Costco. Ariel Lawhon tells the story of  Anastasia Romanav, the youngest daughter of the last Russain tsar, and her best known impersonator, Anna Anderson, compellingly enough to create the illusion of possibility that Anna is the real Anastasia.

What We’re Reading: The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar

Although I read this book for Professor Allison’s ENG 150: Intro to Literary Study class, I found that I could never stop myself just at the assigned pages for the week. I was so consumed by the story that I struggled to put the book down. The World We Found takes place primarily in India, and follows four women who were once best friends during university.…

What We’re Reading: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“As the end of senior year approaches (…I’m not counting or anything), I was reminded of a book that I have grown up reading called “The Little Prince.” It is a story that can take on many meanings and themes, but one that I feel is fitting for us seniors is to not let go of your childhood, as well as the theme of friendships and how they are one of the most important relationships you can have.…

Blind Date With a Book: Faculty Edition

Looking for literary love? The OWU English Department has you covered. Blind Date With a Book is an annual Spring semester event for bookworms of any majors. It is coordinated by the English Department Student Board and Beeghly Library and is in its second year. Books beloved by students and English faculty are pulled from the library stacks, wrapped up like gifts and placed around the library’s Bayley Room with notecards of description on them.…

Blind Date With a Book: Student Board Edition

Looking for literary love? The OWU English Department has you covered. Blind Date With a Book is an annual Spring semester event for bookworms of any majors. It is coordinated by the English Department Student Board and Beeghly Library and is in its second year. Books beloved by students and English faculty are pulled from the library stacks, wrapped up like gifts and placed around the library’s Bayley Room with notecards of description on them.…

What We’re Reading: A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Recommended by Madison Williams.

A Separate Peace by John Knowles follows Gene Forrester, a 16 year old boy attending a prestigious boarding school during World War II. The novel details his close friendship with fellow boarder Finny. Their friendship quickly evolves from mutual admiration to intense rivalry culminating in a shocking event that explores the idea of moral ambiguity.…