Ashley Amalfi

Novel paints personal portrait of Afghanistan

Long before September 11, and prior to the tyrannical rule of the Taliban, Afghanistan was a flourishing cultural utopia whose story has never before been told in American literature. Author Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner” is a rare and treasured gift, presenting a narrative that is simultaneously heart wrenching yet startlingly accurate. The young narrator, […]

New Albom book an uplifting read

So you’ve read the Da Vinci Code …what’s next? Trendy readers across the country are picking up the latest story by Mitch Albom. In the wake of the success of his first novel, “Tuesdays with Morrie,” Albom’s latest novel mirrors the first in its deep sentiment, moral implications and comforting tone. “The Five People You […]

Summer smash sure to make you laugh

David Sedaris, one of the most celebrated literary humorists in the country, has done it again. With his witty humor and bitter tone, Sedaris introduces us to the most hysterical and the most personal part of his past – his family. “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” his most recent recipe for success, is […]

The boredom Band-aid: summer reads

Summer is approaching, and with it comes a nearly four-month break from the high stress of college life. You’ll undoubtedly find extravagant ways to pass the 15 weeks of nothingness, but whether your summer is spent sitting in an office or sitting on the beach, there are some spare moments when boredom and idleness are […]

Book Review: Author spins religion in best-selling thriller

With “The Da Vinci Code” becoming a worldwide obsession, readers are hungrily grasping for more clandestine controversy and mystical plot. Dan Brown, the highly praised author of the country’s No. 1 bestseller, has done it again. Or rather, he already did it. Virtually unknown until the rapid success of his latest novel, Brown is the […]

Book Review: “The Dive from Clausen’s Pier” by Ann Packer

“Is a person an accumulation of past selves, or made new over and over again?” This is the question that plagues 23-year-old Carrie Bell, the narrator and protagonist of Ann Packer’s riveting debut novel, “The Dive from Clausen’s Pier.” Carrie and Mike have been sweethearts since high school. Now engaged, they can easily envision their […]