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Tournament of Short Stories: Patrick Ryan's "The Dream Life of Astronauts" vs. Raymond Carver's "Cathedral"

Raymond Carver wins! Patrick Ryan beat out Randall Jarrell’s Book of Stories in the semifinal round, but I don’t think anyone in the English-speaking world could have done better than the final three stories in Raymond Carver’s collection  856 more words

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The Underground Railroad by Colsen Whitehead

Is The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead as good as they say? Does it deserve all the awards and high praise it has been getting, earning the author an interview on every public television and NPR show that still interviews authors? 654 more words

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Beasts of No Nation

I did not see the film, so I cannot compare it with the novel. The book is gripping, particularly because the author had no actual experience with the subject. 336 more words

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Trademark Louise Erdrich: Humor

In the past few weeks, I have been binging on Louise Erdrich’s novels.

(Erdrich is the acclaimed Ojibwe author of so many books I can’t keep track–maybe 16 novels?    1,101 more words


My Name is Lucy Barton

Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize this year, Elizabeth Strout’s daughter-mother novel, My Name is Lucy Barton, was favorably mentioned in the New York Times’  744 more words

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The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

There’s a good chance that I’m just a sucker for romance.

Somewhere in the middle of The Sun is Also a Star the lead characters Daniel and Natasha stand facing each other on the streets of New York City.   649 more words

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Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

Things start out very well. A great opening line. A paragraph that grabs you like it’s not going to let go.  This wonderful bit:

It’s not the moment that is the tragedy.

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