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Peak by Roland Smith

Peak by Roland Smith is the story of the youngest person to ever attempt climbing Mt. Everest. The 14-year-old hero of the novel, who was named Peak by his mountaineering father, is arrested after climbing to the top of a 75 story building in New York City. 550 more words

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Grace Paley, Meet Haruki Murakami, A Deal-Me-In Short Story Challenge

I was so happy to finally draw something by Haruki Murakami this time around.  Glad to have Grace Paley again as well.  Paley has been a discovery. 601 more words


Sunday Salon: What's the difference between a mash-up and a rip-off?


The new book by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams was the first thing I read after completing the TBR Triple Dog Dare.  It had been sitting on the dining room table for just about a month, waiting. 1,098 more words


Acts of Omission, Commission and Contrition: Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch

Tartt, Donna. The Goldfinch. New York: Little Brown, 2013.  

Set against backdrops as diverse as uptown Manhattan and the empty, dust-blown suburbs of Las Vegas, Amsterdam at Christmas and New York’s GreenwichVillage, sophisticated drawing rooms and tawdry restaurants, Donna Tartt’s… 869 more words

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Send Me by Patrick Ryan

Send Me by Patrick Ryan is the story of a family under duress. The matriarch, Teresa Kerrigan is in over her head. Her first husband leaves her with two children, a son Matt and a daughter Karen. 1,088 more words


Irish or American?

A nation is the same people living in the same place.                   James Joyce

What makes a writer Irish? Or American? Is it residence? Ethnicity? A passport? 332 more words