THE GRAVEYARD BOOK BY NEIL GAIMAN   PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is just a normal boy—except he lives in a graveyard, is being raised by ghosts, has a guardian who is neither dead nor alive, befriends a witch, and is being hunted by the man Jack who has already killed … Read more


BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA BY DOROTHY ALLISON PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: Don’t be turned off or mislead by the title. Dorothy Allison’s work is reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s Bluest Eye or Cristine Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban and creates a poignant look at broken family life, sexual abuse, female gender roles and mother-daughter relationships. It is … Read more


THE UMBRELLA BY INGRID & DEITER SCHUBERT    PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: Ingrid and Dieter Schubert’s work is just beautiful! Among a long list of fantastic award winning picture books, The Umbrella reveals their stunning artistry and vivid, imaginative storytelling. This wordless picture book is a beautiful addition to anyone’s collection! It will leave you ready for your own … Read more


WINTER BLOOM BY TARA HEAVEY     PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: Winter Bloom depicts a beautiful metaphor between a neglected walled garden in Ireland that has been overgrown with tangled weeds and brambles and an unlikely group of volunteers who come together and struggle to revive the garden as well as their own lives. Will … Read more


RAMEN NOODLES, RENT AND RESUMES BY KRISTEN FISCHER   PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: An absolutely necessary read for anyone who is entering college, in college or finishing college! Not only are there valuable tidbits for managing college life, including a few financial tips, the authentic accounts of college experiences revel that what you are experiencing … Read more


TURN LEFT AT THE TROJAN HORSE BY BRAD HERZOG    PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: Brad Herzog’s Turn Left at the Trojan Horse is a fantastic mix of travel, mythology, self-discovery and humor written in a quality narrative tone. Wandering across the country with the works of Emerson and Homer at hand, Herzog attempts to discover … Read more