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Austerlitz is the second novel I’ve read by W. G. Sebald. Like The Emigrants, it’s difficult to write about, partly because the genre is difficult to pin down. Is it documentary or fiction? Is it about architecture or is it … Continue reading

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Always a Body to Trade

It was very interesting to read K.C. Constantine’s sixth installment of the Mario Balzic series of mysteries, Always a Body to Trade. It was written in 1983 — more than 30 years ag0 — and it takes place in Rocksburg, … Continue reading

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The WoMan Booker Shadow Panel Shortlist

Frances, Meredith, Nicole, Rebecca, and I have put our heads together and come up with a shared shortlist for the Man Booker Prize. I think it’s safe to say that few of us were particularly pleased with the longlist. Most of … Continue reading

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I Am No One

History professor Jeremy O’Keefe is worried about his memory, among other things. He’s made plans to meet a student to discuss her work, and when she doesn’t show, he’s surprised to find that he previously sent her an email cancelling … Continue reading

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Me, Elsewhere

Hello, friends! I’m just posting a quick note to let you all know that I’m now writing for Book Riot. I’ll be writing two posts a month (or more if I get inspired) and participating in various group posts. If … Continue reading

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BBAW: Staying Connected

Today’s BBAW prompt is “How do you stay connected to the community?” For me (Teresa), my ability to stay connected to other bloggers has waxed and waned over the years. I’ve gone through periods when I’ve helped organize events, joined … Continue reading

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde is an author I’ve been meaning to read for years. Of course, I know a lot about his work just because I’m culturally literate, but I’ve never actually read anything he’s written, with the exception of “The Ballad … Continue reading

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So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood

Like a lot of Americans, I’d never heard of Patrick Modiano until he won the Nobel Prize in 2014. Learning that he wrote psychological thrillers, I was immediately curious as to what kind of thriller writing would get a Nobel, … Continue reading

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Book Swap: 2016 Edition

This is the sixth year that Teresa and I have participated in one of our favorite traditions: each of us gives the other five book recommendations to read sometime during the coming year. Sometimes they’re books we’ve wanted the other person … Continue reading

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The Year Behind, the Year Ahead

A very merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years to all of you! Like Teresa, I wanted to do a little musing about my reading over the past year, and think about directions I might take in the year … Continue reading

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