This is where I review books that are meant for adults - that means anyone over the age of 18. Of course, there are those under 18 years old who may find many of these books to their liking, particularly the classics which include most of my favorites. I've been on a mission to read the Pulitzer fiction winners and I think anyone who can understand these books, and many are also required reading in high school, should enjoy these classics. If you have a suggestion for a book you would like to read that you want my review of, I would be happy to assist you.

For a couple of years now I've seen Roxane Gay's name: on the cover of Writer's Digest, for example and in articles singing her praises. So, when I came across this book at my local swap shot, I grabbed it.

A collection of classic Russo stories, this is my fourth Russo book – with six more to go that are on my bookshelf. He has quickly become one of my favorites writing about love and misinterpretation, childhood memories through the eyes of adults, missed moments, and shared intimacies are just some of the ingredients that make a Russo story one that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading the book.

An acquaintance read this book and was onto another book by Backman when I asked about "A Man Called Ove". She said it was so sad but she loved it. I purchased the book but like so many books that share my home with me, it sat unread in an anonymous pile. And then I started reading it. I started reading other books, too, but finally made my way back to "A Man Called Ove" and finished it. I loved how every chapter title mentioned Ove 'doing' something. It was sad but also full of love and anger and caring and meanness and generosity and stubbornness. In other words, all the elements that make for a really good story.

A story of love, loss, disappointments, broken dreams, and murder, in other words, Mohawk is about real life. It could be in any town, USA, the Grouse’s and the Gaffney’s could be your neighbors, and the Mohawk Grill could be your local breakfast spot. And all the crazy that takes place in the town, the abuse, the infidelity, the misunderstandings, could all be part of life as we all know it in a small town where no one is going anywhere or doing anything significant. A story much like the ones I’m interested in writing whose characters are sad living often hopeless lives.

I have so many books to read and several on my short list. Of course, my short list is now quite long but since it is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, I've wanted to read Jhumpa Lahiri's collection of short stories, 'The Interpreter of Maladies' for some time now and I finally got to it.