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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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CURRENTLY READING…

 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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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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