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The Beauty of Men by Andrew Holleran

Once every so often, a blogger somewhere asks if it’s possible to recognize how good a book is without liking it.   I think we’d all agree that a book can be good even though it does not fit our own personal taste.   881 more words

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Barren Cove by Ariel S. Winter

This was a strange reading experience for me.

I liked the book. I want to get that out there right away. It’s a good book, an interesting story about an interesting subject and an entertaining read. 645 more words

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What I'm Reading Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! So today I’m reading, amongst other things, The Girls by Emma Cline.

I’ve been reading so much fantasy and YA lately that I really wanted to return to literary fiction, and I seem to have seen this book everywhere. 256 more words


Follow-up to preceding post re: The Help

Kathryn Stockett’s The Help seems to provoke thought by those who read the book and even those who don’t. On my bus ride home tonight, about the time we got to Ventura County, the fellow sitting behind me leaned forward and apologized if his brief phone call had bothered me. 128 more words

David Karp - a Forgotten Talent

Until I found this novel in the cavernous basement of Camilla’s Bookshop in Eastbourne, I had never heard of David Karp. I can’t remember why One caught my eye, but as soon as I read the blurb on the inside front cover, I was intrigued: 717 more words

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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

I can’t quite determine exactly where the narrative tension in Noah Hawley’s Before the Fall comes from, but it’s certainly there–I found the book very hard to put down, even when it was hard to figure out if anything was really happening. 472 more words

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all she (we) wrote

We came. We saw. We concurred.

New York, yes, it’s the place to be. The grandest urban center we’ve experienced in our decade away from home. 110 more words

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