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The marriage plot

Unlike most readers, I didn’t admire Dorothea Brooke the first time I read Middlemarch. Instead, I wanted to be honest, intelligent Mary Garth. Mary is plain, in contrast to Dorothea and Rosamond Vincy, the novel’s other leading ladies. 685 more words


Review: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Title: Sense and Sensibility
Author: Jane Austen
Date Published: 1811
Date Read: October 2015
Format Read: Kindle format
Rating: 4/5

N.B. I read this book as part of my participation in… 657 more words


Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

How much do we really know about each other?

C.J. and I will celebrate 20 years together late in 2016, but do even long-term couples like us really know each other? 768 more words

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First Comes Love

At this year’s Saints and Sinners literary festival, an annual gathering of LGBT writers and readers in New Orleans, I was asked to participate on a panel about love. 680 more words

The Commitment by Dan Savage

The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family by Dan Savage is not a book I thought I would like. It’s hard to say exactly why I picked it up in the first place, except that I was in the 300’s section of the library as part of the Dewey Decimal Challenge and I already had an armful of books when I saw it on the shelf. 564 more words

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Haruki Murakami vs. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

For the Deal Me In Short Story Challenge this week I drew two of my favorite novelists.


As far as short stories go, well, one of them is pretty good. 405 more words


The Marriage Plot

Middlesex was my first foray into Eugenides and it blew my mind with its breadth as well as subtlety.  I next read The Virgin Suicides… 563 more words