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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

It is difficult to write about We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves without revealing a key piece of plot information. However, Karen Joy Fowler managed to get to page 77 of her novel without letting it slip, so I can hopefully get to the end of a blog post with the secret intact. 721 more words

Fiction: 21st Century

17 Must-Read Books*


  ” To write is to write is to write is to write

is to write is to write is to write.”

 She spoke the truth. 447 more words

WBN 11: American Gods

I’m steadily working my way through the nation’s 100 favourite books according to World Book Night’s poll in 2011. Find out more about this challenge and check my progress  171 more words


Bull Rider by Suzanne Morgan Williams

The presenter who recommended Suzanne Morgan Williams’s YA novel Bull Rider said the book was very popular with the metal shop set.  The audience of librarians and English teachers all made a quick note, “ 274 more words

Book Review

Book: A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe

Interesting book from the author of such books as The Bonfire of the Vanities, already reviewed earlier. There are some similarities between the two books but they are completely different stories. 847 more words


Revisiting The Catcher in the Rye

The first time I read The Catcher in the Rye I thought Holden was a complete loser. I was 17 at the time, just beginning to get interested in American literature having been brought up on a diet of Hardy and Dickens. 219 more words


Book Review: "Mona In the Promised Land" by Gish Jen

  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction
  • Length: 303 
  • Published: 1997, Vintage
  • My rating: 3.5/5
  • Goodreads rating: 3.5/5

Description: Set in the late 1960s and early 70s, Mona Chang is a suburban teenager who decides to convert to Judaism, much to the distaste of her Chinese parents, as she attempts to figure out her identity during a time of great social change in America. 125 more words