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Monkey Grip

This Australian classic, Helen Garner’s first novel, is incredible.  Tight, poetic, rambling, confronting, beautiful and so sensuous.  This book grabbed me tight and pulled me in from the very first. 547 more words


Dystopia and Drug Gripes

Had a first for me at this month’s book club in which I flat out hated one of the choices. This was more controversial because the book in question is considered a classic on these shores, and my somewhat fervent criticism surprised a few people. 821 more words

Book Club

Tell it like it tis

An update, for those of you who were waiting with bated breath: That bookstore in the Poconos did not let me down. I’ll stop being coy about it now and tell you, the shop is called Sellers Books & Fine Art and it’s located on the main street (one of only two streets) of Jim Thorpe, PA, a tiny, unusual town of gothic Victorian buildings cut into the side of a mountain. 806 more words

Review: The Spare Room, Helen Garner

A friend gave this to me and I started it just because it was there, then stayed up late to keep going, and got up early to finish it. 598 more words

Book Reviews

Helen Garner's Gracious Gift

A book about a man who purposefully drove his three young sons into a dam was never going to be a breezy read, but the grace with which Helen Garner approaches the trial of Robert Farquharson in This House of Grief teaches us more than shock or horror ever could. 668 more words

Australian Literature

things that grow in the dark

I work in a cave. It is my other job, an unusual occupation, not my career but I have learnt a lot through this work. I know much more about scientific method and how knowledge is developed through hypothesis. 909 more words