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Book: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The author dares in his Notice for the readers to find any moral or plot or motive for the story. The threat is well made, though intended as humour,  since I could not find any of these in the story at all. 824 more words

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A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion

A couple of weeks ago I renewed my subscription to Netflix, just in time to catch the new documentary about American author and essayists Joan Didion.  461 more words

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Quick Shots Book Review: Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Chasing Windmills…

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A modern-day rendering of West Side Story born on a New York City subway car and nurtured under the windmills of the Mojave Desert. 547 more words

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New People by Danzy Senna

I may be the only person you know who has read all three of Danzy Senna’s novels.   There’s a memoir and a collection of short stories that I’ve not read so I can’t call myself a super-fan, but I’m a fan-boy.  875 more words

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Not a Book Review: A Boys' Treasury of Sea Stories

I didn’t read this book from cover-to-cover, nor do I expect anyone to run out and buy this exact copy, so for those reasons this isn’t exactly a book review. 321 more words

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Mississippi Noir is for Lovers

This is now my favorite volume of the many, many Akashic Noir series.

It’s a high quality collection without a dud in the bunch.

A few things struck me. 556 more words

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The Nix by Nathan Hill

It’s good.

I enjoyed it.

It’d didn’t exactly knock my socks off, but I was entertained.

A couple of points….

First, have you noticed, lately, the prevalence of the two plot structure I call What’s Happening/What Happened? 682 more words

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