I'm a literary snob. I admit it. I'm an English teacher and book critic who turns her nose up at silly fantasy (as opposed to awesome fantasy, like Game of Thrones and the Lord of the Rings trilogy), true crime, and so-called "beach reads." I watch television to zone out and be entertained, but I read to be inspired and informed. So when I came across Alice Hoffman's The Dovekeepers, my first instinct was to pass it by. It's not that Hoffman isn't a serious writer (she has currently published over 33 books, to date), but her style is one I typically avoid because it's almost too accessible. Her typical work is to literature as romantic comedies are to film; not bad, but not terribly cerebral either…until now.