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The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurty ~ Fiction Book Review

I have some mixed feelings about this book by Lonesome Dove author Larry McMurty. On the one hand, it’s a powerful coming of age story. Raw and real and blunt. Probably a little scandalous, too. How do you resist that? … Continue reading

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Lost in the Land of #Litsy

In case you haven’t noticed, I read. A lot. I read when I take my dogs out, I read while I’m brushing my teeth, I read while I’m ‘watching’ a movie. Some people understand the compulsion to always have their … Continue reading

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All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld ~ Fiction Book Review

This book! Powerful prose oozing with ominousness, the pages practically sticky with sinisterness! The timeline was a little jumpy, disconcerting at first, but the pattern is quickly established and I soon developed a strange appreciation for it. The chapters alternate present … Continue reading

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The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell ~ Fiction Book Review

The Alexandria Quartet is a series of four interconnected books set in Alexandria, Egypt in the 1930s and 40s. These books are a work of art as far as atmosphere, imagery, philosophy, character and voice are concerned. But they’re not … Continue reading

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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami ~Fiction Book Review

This was by far the strangest book that I’ve ever read. I’m not even sure how to describe it. The best I can come up with is a book burrito with the works – part LSD trip, part existentialism, with … Continue reading

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Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood ~ Short Story Fiction Review

What can I say about this collection of short stories by notorious author Margaret Atwood? I have mixed feelings. The first few stories are interrelated, with characters mentioned in one story featured in the next. I love the idea. I didn’t … Continue reading

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The O. Henry Prize Stories 2014 ~ Book Review

One of my goals for this year was to win an award for one of my short stories. Maybe an O. Henry Award is a bit ambitious, but when I stumbled across this anthology, I thought I might as well … Continue reading

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Book Quote Challenge ~ Day 1 of 3

I was nominated to do the Quote Challenge by The River of Books Blog. The rules are: Post for three consecutive days  Pick three quotes per day Challenge three different bloggers per day For my first day of the challenge, … Continue reading

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My Childhood by Maxim Gorky ~ Nonfiction Book Review

Maxim Gorky, hailed as the father of Russian literature, shares his firsthand account of Russian life in the late nineteenth century in this book, the first of three memoirs he would produce. This beautiful, if tragic account, paints a window for the reader to … Continue reading

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The River King by Alice Hoffman ~ Fiction Book Review

This was a book I stumbled on completely by chance. The title didn’t speak to me, the cover didn’t call me, and I’d never read the author before, yet is somehow practically into my hands, and I was compelled to bring … Continue reading

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