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The Patrick Melrose Novels: by Edward St. Aubyn

   This omnibus edition of four short novels – Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother’s Milk — has the most irritating and misleading cover I’ve seen in years. Why place a photo of a ‘ravish me” beauty with her head thrown back on a book which is about the painfully unromantic life and […]

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Friday Round-up: what some of us at Shelf Life Books are into right now… Karlene: More than anything – more than fashion, displacement, class, Italy – this novel is about two men circling each other, stilted mirror reflections too vague & aloof in their drifting purposelessness to truly meet. Ie: “I want to tell him, […]

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Friday Round-up: what some of us at Shelf Life Books are into right now… Brendan: 100 Bullets: Brother Lono is a great continuation of Brian Azzarello’s award winning series, illustrated by Eduardo Risso. It’s the usual grimy, violent, hyper-graphic, drug fuelled, revenge based trip you’d expect. If you liked any of Azzarello and Risso’s previous […]

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THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt

I gobbled this novel up. Stayed up too late reading the exploits of the entirely lovable narrator, Theo Decker. So what if the novel flags a bit at the end when it comes to its thrillerish conclusion? What leaps out for me is the rawness and helplessness of childhood, especially once Theo falls into the […]

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 Saturday Round-up: what some of us at Shelf Life Books are into right now… Karlene: The paperback edition of Hilton Als‘ White Girls is covered in praise from Junot Diaz, Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist), Michael Robbins (Alien vs. Predator), John Jeremiah Sullivan (Pulphead) & others, for a reason. A blend of pretty exquisite literary non-fiction & […]

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