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A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

I’ve had Anne Tyler on my list to read for years. One of the American greats, I’ve heard her praised for her spare, yet warm and funny portrayals of family life, of secrets and stories and shared history. 566 more words


One Pebble in a Shoe Can Change the Universe

It happened again.

An author killed off a character I love.

I hate that. I hate the author. I continue to like the book, but the author I despise. 1,171 more words

The difference between money and Gold

“No one can go through the shame and humiliation of the job-hunt without being marked for life. I hated my first experience at it, and have hated every other since. 304 more words

“My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.” (Winston Churchill)

A friend of mine got married last weekend, and most lovely it was too. But enough about them; it gives me an excuse for indulgence of an enduring crush (who I planned to marry when I was six –  with hindsight I suspect the age gap was insurmountable): 1,280 more words


Their Eyes Were Watching God: The birds and the bees and the cigarette trees

Length: Short (220 pages or more)

Accessibility: Moderately difficult to read

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

And back to classic literature we go. Today we’re going to take a look at a writer whose work was at one point almost forgotten, but who was luckily rescued from obscurity and is now one of the more commonly read authors in high schools across the US. 708 more words

Water for Elephants: Sex and violence and secrets, oh my!

Length: Moderate (350 pages or more)

Accessibility: Very easy to read

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Once again, let me start this post by apologizing for yet another long absence. 836 more words

The Great American Novelist - Jonathan Franzen and his latest novel, Purity

I discovered Franzen when I read Freedom at University. I have been hooked ever since.

Franzen is fantastic. There are many who will disagree with me, many who think he’s a bore and others who think he’s downright offensive. 457 more words