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Parrot & Olivier in America

Peter Carey employs Parrot, an orphan boy saved by servitude to French nobility, and Olivier, a fictionalized Alexis de Tocqueville, to recreate his life and to create a vignette from his  432 more words

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Book 19 of 30 - The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

Bit worried I’m not going to finish this challenge with only a month and a half to go til I turn 30! Theres also a lot of other things on the list I don’t think I’m going to do but I can have fun trying, maybe after this post I’ll dig out the list and see where I’m up to, it’s always fun making new lists :-) 104 more words


Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

For years the books we’ve used in my 7th grade English class have been dominated by white men and S.E. Hinton.  While S.E. Hinton is a woman, women do not figure heavily in her novel  790 more words

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Play It as It Lays, J. Didion

Despite being frequently overshadowed by her essays, Didion’s novels represent a significant body of work by themselves.  While her sparse and elliptical writing may seem overdone in some of her other novels, here it serves to emphasize the paranoia and panic Maria faces.   29 more words

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Travel Team by Mike Lupica

A few weeks ago I brought in an assortment of sports novels for my 7th graders.  Among the titles were several by Mike Lupica and Tim Green.   424 more words

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The Wicked Stepmother:Michael McDowell & Dennis Schuetz (writing as Axel Young)

“I’m thinking of murdering him in front of a large crowd of strangers. I have to do it myself,” Verity explained, “because hit men don’t take plastic.” 671 more words


The Penultimate Truth by Philip K. Dick

This is my new thing, reviewing books via journal entries instead of full reviews.  I think I’ll still do full reviews when I’m inspired, but I’ve been moving into something of a more graphic mode lately. 121 more words

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