Author Archives: Jenny

Lincoln in the Bardo

Before I read this novel, I was already a fan of George Saunders from two of his collections of outstanding short stories (Tenth of December and In Persuasion Nation.) I love the way he plays with form, and the… what … Continue reading

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White Rage

Carol Anderson’s book White Rage is surprisingly brief — only about 165 pages — but it is as powerful as a vaccine. If you read it, you won’t be able to look at American history (or your own education) in … Continue reading

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It’s fitting that during the last week of classes, when all I want to do is finish grading final exams and papers and close the door of my office and walk out into the May weather, I should write about … Continue reading

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Charlotte Sometimes

There are certain kinds of kids’ books I love. I don’t necessarily seek them out, but I love them nearly every time I read them. Time travel books, boarding school books, ballet books, books about (sometimes orphan) siblings, books about … Continue reading

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Parable of the Talents

I was so engrossed in the earlier book of this pair by Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower, that I waited only a couple of months to get the sequel. I’m happy to say that Parable of the Talents is … Continue reading

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A God in Ruins

Like Teresa, I am a big fan of Kate Atkinson’s work. In 2016, I read Life After Life, and just fell into it: the fugue of Ursula’s repeated lives, returning and returning as she went along the same pathway with … Continue reading

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Just Mercy

I read Just Mercy with my book group, but I’ve been wanting to read it for quite a while. This is Bryan Stevenson’s memoir about how he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, which struggles against racial injustice in the criminal … Continue reading

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The Wolf Border

Last year, I read the tough, striking, near-future dystopia The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall. I was so impressed, both by her prose and by her tightly-woven ideas, that I wanted to read more by her as soon as I … Continue reading

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The Shining (film)

You all know by now that Teresa and I are both big Stephen King fans, and The Shining is one of his best novels. But to be honest, with a couple of exceptions (The Shawshank Redemption) movie adaptations of King’s … Continue reading

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The Quickening

Michelle Hoover’s debut novel, The Quickening, is about two women with little in common, forced together by the isolation of their hardscrabble rural lives in the Midwest in the early part of the 20th century. Enidina (she goes by Eddie) … Continue reading

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