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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Last time I looked, Burial Rites was sitting at number 8 on the independent best-seller list in Oz, pipped only by heavy hitters such as  785 more words

Contemporary Literature

The Circle, by Dave Eggers

I had already finished reading the first three books of this blog before the idea of reviewing them occurred to me. The Circle was the first book I read while conscious that, after I finished, I would share my thoughts about it online. 501 more words

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Zazen by Vanessa Veselka

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

i’m going to do something i never thought i’d have cause to do.


i’m going to publicly declare unadulterated book love. 367 more words

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An Excerpt

From the novel. The tough part is writing conversations with multiple characters. Three are briefly in this scene but, later in the novel, as many as five characters are part of a single conversation, when I get there, I’ll talk aaaalll about writing multiperson conversations. 2,952 more words


The Blazing World

The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

wow… haven’t met many contemporary novels that i wanted to give, like, 10 stars to. 39 more words

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[672] The Maytrees - Annie Dillard

” Maytree had been sensible of no particular sentiment except the natural wish to help Deary find comfort. That steady wish for her comfort on which he had acted for years and Lou and Pete had acted for eight weeks—was… 412 more words


Chautauqua, Week Three: Christopher Wakling

For Week Three at Chuatauqua, I got to talk to British author Christopher Wakling about his book What I Did. Talking to Wakling led to another “first” for me as a journalist—conducting an interview via Skype. 56 more words

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