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LIFE AFTER LIFE

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson was a pleasant surprise. I had associated the name with sort of mainstream mystery novels, but on the recommendation of a couple of friends whose taste I admire, I tucked the author’s latest novel into my bag on a trip south. Wow. There I was amid palm trees, white […]

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FALL FICTION WE CAN BARELY STAND TO WAIT FOR

The best new books always drop in Fall and this year is no exception….   300,000,000 by Blake Butler October 14th. I love Blake Butler. I love him. Deeply. His collection of apocalyptic stories, Scorch Atlas (published by featherproof Books), might be the most terrifying/beautiful book I’ve ever read (I know two people who actually […]

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The Tiger

Read, Watch or Listen: A rumination on varieties of literary content provision media Part 1: Do Not Attempt I would definitely not recommend reading The Tiger by John Vailliant on the way to a mountain locale where a mountain lion has recently been photographed less than a mile from the cabin where you are staying. […]

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The Corrections

The Corrections AND ANOTHER THING: On the topic of the drawbacks of audio books: I picked up Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections for a recent car trip. And found that I was enjoying it. But also had the sense that something was missing. And indeed it was. For I had unwittingly encountered that abomination known as […]

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Mister Pip

  A friend who reads very eclectically mentioned this novel to me a few years ago –  from the brief description she gave, I somehow got the impression that the book takes the central character of Dickens’ Great Expectations to the antipodes – I fantasized a third alternate ending to the novel perhaps – I’d […]

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