Author Archives: Teresa


Every ten years, the Dragon comes to the village of Dvernik and selects a 17-year-old girl to take back to his tower. Despite the rumors outside the village, he doesn’t eat them—he’s actually a wizard named Sarkan. And this wizard … Continue reading

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The Round House

This novel by Louise Erdrich has a little bit of just about everything I love in fiction. There are kids on the cusp of being adults, geeking out over Star Trek: TNG in the same summer that they’re touched by … Continue reading

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Iphigenia in Forest Hills

When I began reading Janet Malcolm’s book about the murder trial of Mazoltuv Borukhova, accused of hiring a man to kill her ex-husband Daniel Malakov, I don’t think I had any particular leaning regarding her guilt or innocence. The fact … Continue reading

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The Birthday Present

When I saw on Saturday that Ruth Rendell had died, I just happened to have The Birthday Present, which she wrote under the name Barbara Vine, out from the library. Of course, I had to pick it up right away … Continue reading

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The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories

It annoys me when I don’t like something but don’t know why. In the case of this short story collection by Hillary Mantel, I can’t come up with much of anything to complain about, but I also don’t have much … Continue reading

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Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

The well-known and much-beloved Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder began their life as a single-volume autobiography. In the process of seeking a publisher for the autobiography, Wilder’s daughter, the writer Rose Wilder Lane, realized that parts of it … Continue reading

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Suffragette: My Own Story

Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Women’s Social and Political Union in 1903. The group had a single focus: Votes for Women. And they were willing to do whatever they had to to get that vote. They spoke up against those who … Continue reading

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A Comics Round-Up

With two of my favorite comics series (Fables and Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye) coming to an end this year, it seems like a good time to try out some other series. So I’ve been grabbing a few trade paperbacks from the … Continue reading

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The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

This charming and quirky graphic novel by Stephen Collins is another recommendation from Pop Culture Happy Hour. In it, a previously bald man named Dave finds his predictable and tidy life taken over by a beard that won’t stop growing. … Continue reading

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I first heard about this graphic novel by Jeff Lemire last December at the Pop Culture Happy Hour live show. Glen Weldon named it as his favorite book of the year, describing it as a science fiction time-travel romance. OK, … Continue reading

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