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Red Joan by Jennie Rooney

As a reader, I’m kind of a sucker.

It’s easy to take me by surprise. I didn’t see any of it coming in Gone Girl. 262 more words

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The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

This was at least the third time I’ve read The Mayor of Casterbridge. Could be the fourth.  I was a big Thomas Hardy fan back in college.   873 more words

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Summer Reading: Middlesex

My wife has been recommending that I read Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex for years – often citing it as one of her top ten favourite books of all time (because winning a Pulitzer isn’t enough for me, apparently). 68 more words

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Mr. Loverman by Bernadine Evaristo

Was it okay for Bernadine Evaristo to write this book?

I ask this question in light of the ongoing controversy over cultural appropriation, specifically who has the right to write about whom. 734 more words

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The World Below by Sue Miller

Good intentions can change another person’s life, but this change may not always be welcome.   When the mother of two girls dies, their grandmother arrives to take them back to her rural home.   416 more words

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Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

I can confidently state that Bertie Wooster is the most beloved unreliable narrator in English literature.  I am unanimous in that.  Bertie narrated novels and short stories from his first appearance in 1917 to his final bow in 1974.   688 more words

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