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Bumming Around the Mountain: Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums

The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

Maybe Kerouac isn’t for me. I’d tried reading On the Road a number of times, over different periods of my life, but never found myself getting more than a dozen or two pages into the thing. 589 more words

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Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

Wallace Stegner, an American author born in 1909, is perhaps best known for his Pulitzer Prize winning novel Angle of Repose (1972). He wrote for six decades – novels, short stories, biographies and essays. 1,205 more words

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Middlemarch

The Short Version: Subtitled “A Study of Provincial Life”, Middlemarch dives into a fictional English country town in the first half of the 19th Century.  Politics, culture, science, romance, finance, religion, and all other aspects of life spin about the characters as they live out their relatively ordinary lives – but the ordinary nature makes them all the more interesting. 716 more words

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A Month in the Country – J.L. Carr

There is something rather wonderful in the fact that Granny Savidge is still influencing my reading almost a year, in fact it is a year tomorrow, since she died. 1,282 more words

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How to Achieve True Boredom

Title: How to Achieve True Greatness

Author: Baldesar Castiglione

Publisher: Penguin (Great Ideas)

The Penguin Great Ideas Books are usually my go to source of reading something in one sitting.  112 more words

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Penguin Classics' Elder Edda cover redesign

Synopsis from Penguin:

Compiled by an unknown scribe in Iceland around 1270, and based on sources dating back centuries earlier, these mythological and heroic poems tell of gods and mortals from an ancient era: the giant-slaying Thor, the doomed Völsung family, the Hel-ride of Brynhild and the cruelty of Atli the Hun. 212 more words

Book Review: The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Today, in an all new session of THE READING ROOM, we are going to review The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle… 498 more words

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