Tag Archives: Coming-of-age

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton

Secret Wisdom of the Earth book coverTimely and timeless, this is a dramatic and deeply moving novel about an act of violence in a small, Southern town and the repercussions that will forever change a young man’s view of human cruelty and compassion. After seeing the death of his younger brother in a terrible home accident, fourteen-year-old Kevin and his grieving mother are sent for the summer to live with Kevin’s grandfather. In this peeled-paint coal town deep in Appalachia, Kevin quickly falls in with a half-wild hollow kid named Buzzy Fink who schools him in the mysteries and magnificence of the woods. The events of this fateful summer will affect the entire town of Medgar, Kentucky.

If you love coming of age stories, this one is for you! A little on the long side, but it’s completely engrossing and well worth it! Check out The Secret Wisdom of the Earth today.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


The Goldfinch book coverTheo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.


What an author, what a story! This is my first Donna Tartt book, and wow, am I impressed with her writing. She conjures up an addicting, enthralling and real story, with characters to match. Each will stay with you long after you finish reading. Tartt’s descriptive Continue reading

coming of age with Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray - The Inner EyeI love it when I finally catch up with an artist who I’ve heard about for years but, for whatever reason, never got into. I think I know that this book or album or movie is amazing. But once I do the labour – you know, dig into a body of work – well, then I KNOW. You think you know Tina Turner because you can sorta hum “What’s Love Got to Do With It”? You don’t. Go listen to the albums (especially the Ike and Tina stuff) and KNOW how essential and incredible her music is.

Before last week, I knew that Indian film master Satyajit Ray was the real thing. I’ve taken a film class here and there. I knew that Ray is considered by many to be the Akira Kurosawa of Indian cinema. I knew that Wes Anderson dedicated his film The Darjeeling Limited to Ray. But until Wednesday last week, I had never seen a Ray film. Continue reading