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History of Wolves

When the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced this week, the appearance of Emily Fridlund’s debut novel was perhaps the biggest surprise. I was only halfway through the book at the time, and although I liked more than … Continue reading

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The Shadow Speaker

I have read dozens of fantasy novels for young adults and children (and even a few for adults!) Where are they set? Sometimes in a Europe-like world that isn’t our own; sometimes in England; sometimes in the US. I can’t … Continue reading

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The Emily Books

When I was a kid, I adored Anne of Green Gables. I read those books over and over again, especially the first three. I loved Anne’s warmth, her spunk, her sense of humor, her big vocabulary, her love of reading … Continue reading

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The Trespasser

Antoinette Conway is a detective on the Murder Squad. She and her partner, Steve Moran, have been given what looks like another boring domestic case: a woman, punched in the jaw, lies dead on the hearth of her home. The … Continue reading

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Big difference

… between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive, which about sums up where I’ve been for the last couple of months, so we won’t go into that, too depressing. At the moment, I am within less … Continue reading

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The Handmaid’s Tale

I first read The Handmaid’s Tale about 20 years ago. At the time, I found it more interesting than frightening. I was very familiar with the patriarchal side of Christianity, and, as frustrated as I was with their attitude toward women, … Continue reading

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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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