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Good Reading for Hard Times

Perhaps you are looking forward to today’s inaugural activities, either with pleasure or as a witness. Perhaps, however, like me, you have been absorbing the news with increasing concern (not to say despair — never despair), and, while you have … Continue reading

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It took me a while to get into Michael Chabon’s new novel, but once I did, I was fully hooked. The opening chapters are rough—they move around in time, and the main character is merely called “my grandfather.” The book … Continue reading

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Stoner, by John Williams, was first published in 1965. It sold about 2000 copies, then went out of print. In the past few years, however, it has been republished to an almost cult-like following, first in Europe and then in … Continue reading

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Book Swap: 2017 Edition

It’s time again for one of Shelf Love’s favorite traditions: this is the seventh year that Teresa and I have given each other five book recommendations to read sometime during the coming year. Sometimes they’re books we’ve had on the … Continue reading

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2016 in Review

Every year, I wonder whether I really want to do a year in review post. By the time the new year actually comes, end-of-year book lists have usually been floating around for months, and I get burned out on book lists. … 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! I hope you all got stacks of books during the holiday, and are bright-eyed with everything you’ve read! As I usually do around this time, I wanted … Continue reading

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A Book Riot Round Up

When I’m not writing reviews here, I’m often writing posts over at Book Riot. Here’s what I’ve written in November and December. Reading Pathways: Ruth Rendell. Where to start with one of my favorite (and one of the most prolific) … Continue reading

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The Raven Cycle

You guys. YOU GUYS. Last year, Teresa put Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races on my list for our annual Book Swap, and I thought it was great, so I put her Raven Cycle on my list for some-other-time. And then … Continue reading

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Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

Here’s how Robert Kolker describes the five woman at the center of this book: They weren’t angels. They weren’t devils. One was the aimless dreamer of her family until the pressures of adult responsibility became impossible to ignore. Another was … Continue reading

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Bury Your Dead

Bury Your Dead is the sixth of Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache novels (and the third I’ve read this year.) It follows closely on The Brutal Telling, revisiting events from that book and following through on the heavy foreshadowing Penny did … Continue reading

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