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[730] Still Alice - Lisa Genova

” Is the part of my brain that’s responsible for my unique ‘me-ness’ vulnerable to this disease? Or is my identity something that transcends neurons, proteins, and defective molecules of DNA? 506 more words


English 357: Contemporary Literature: The Social Novel

University at Buffalo Department of English
Summer 2015, Second Session, July 6-August 14
Online Course

This installment of Contemporary Literature will examine the revival of the social novel prompted by Jonathan Franzen and exemplified by his recent book, Freedom (2010), which depicts a middle-American dysfunctional family. 229 more words


Review of *The Martian* by Andy Weir

Well, I just finished The Martian last night, and all I can say is WOW!

Summary (from the back cover): “Six days ago astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. 710 more words


A Character Test for Authors

Here’s a recent piece I wrote for the Irish Examiner…

On Writers and Writing 

Margaret Atwood
Virago; £9.99
Review: Val Nolan

“Who do you think you are?” Margaret Atwood asks early in this volume. 1,018 more words


Watching the Moss Grow: "The Signature of All Things" by Elizabeth Gilbert

I do not know how to write about Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel The Signature of All Things without gushing.  I really love this book!  It’s been awhile since I curled up with such a big, fat, 19th-century-ish novel and found myself swept away so pleasurably in the story. 733 more words


Kazuo Ishiguro, The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kazuo Ishiguro is the only living Anglophone writer I’d bet the proverbial farm on. 2,251 more words

Book Reviews

Belated Climax

Well, that was fast.  After stumbling for awhile but then experiencing a renewed vigor (see yesterday’s post), I finished The Virgin Suicides today.  I can’t say that it is my favourite novel of all time, or that it will even replace… 439 more words

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