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The World Below by Sue Miller

Good intentions can change another person’s life, but this change may not always be welcome.   When the mother of two girls dies, their grandmother arrives to take them back to her rural home.   416 more words

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The Lost Weekend by Charles Jackson

Like the others, the question was rhetorical, abstract, anything but pragmatic; as vain to ask as his own clever question had been vain.  It was far too late to pose such a problem with any reasonable hope for an answer–or, an answer forthcoming, any reasonable hope that it would be worth listening to or prove anything at all.   885 more words

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The Marrow of Tradition by Charles W. Chestnutt

The Jim Crow Era of legal repression of African Americans begins in Wilmington, North Carolina on November 11, 1898 when the white citizens of the town violently overthrew the legally elected government and installed new white leaders with a new “Wilmington Declaration of Independence”  which stated the city “would no longer be ruled, and will never again be ruled by men of African origin.” 961 more words

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Tao Lin vs. Kelly Link -- Tournament of Short Stories II

For this the first battle in round one of my second tournament of short stories I read three from Bed by Tao Lin and three from  681 more words

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Plainsong by Kent Haruf

Well, this book is just gorgeous.  It tells the story of teacher Tom Guthrie, his two young sons, high school student in trouble, Victoria Roubideaux, and the two elderly McPherson brothers.  252 more words

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast

I know this won’t win me many friends in some quarters but my main problem with graphic novels is that they are typically so much better as graphics than they are as novels. 881 more words

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Wool by Hugh Howey

Do you prefer the world building or the plot?

For example, when you saw the first Ghostbusters movie, was your favorite part the initial half or the final half?   747 more words

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