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Literary Pairings: Ng and Grenville

We learn from the first sentence of Celeste Ng’s novel Everything I Never Told You that Lydia, the beloved teenage daughter of Marilyn and James, is dead.   834 more words


African Writing Today vs. The O. Henry Awards 1995

This week I pitted two stories from Sierra Leone circa 1967 against the first and second prize winners of 1995’s O. Henry Award.

Africa won. 343 more words

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The Men From the Boys by William J. Mann

The most difficult reviews to write are about books that made you go meh.

If you love a book, or if you hate a book, it’s easy to review. 403 more words

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Executive Suite: Cameron Hawley (1952)

Competence is a whip in the hands of a taskmaster,  and the lash cuts all the deeper when the whip is held by a perfectionist.” 1,148 more words


Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

How much do we really know about each other?

C.J. and I will celebrate 20 years together late in 2016, but do even long-term couples like us really know each other? 768 more words

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Reading Diary | The Windup Girl | Paolo Bacigalupi

Began: 22nd October 2015

Finished: 27th December 2015

Confession: I almost gave up on this one so I could move onto my eagerly anticipated Christmas present – … 579 more words

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The First Bad Man by Miranda July

I am one of Miranda July’s biggest fans–6’5″ and built like a line backer, okay, one and a half linebackers.

I loved her wonderful strange movie  492 more words

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