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The Ballad and the Source

This 1945 novel by Rosamond Lehmann is odd, and not in a good way. I very nearly gave up on it once I realized how it was going to be structured, but I was just curious enough about the story … Continue reading

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The Letters of Shirley Jackson

I love Shirley Jackson’s writing, I loved Ruth Franklin’s recent biography of Jackson, and I love letter collections, so of course I wanted to read this collection of Jackson’s letters that came out last year. Edited by her son, Laurence … Continue reading

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The Night Watchman

In the 1950s, the U.S. Congress announced a resolution to dissolve its treaties with a number of American Indian nations, a move that would bring about the end of several tribes, including the Turtle Mountain band of Chippewa. Their land … Continue reading

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The Only Good Indians

This novel by Stephen Graham Jones begins with a mysterious and brutal death outside a North Dakota bar. Newspapers linked the death to a “dispute,” but in the moments before his death Ricky Boss Ribs had a vision: When he … Continue reading

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The Story of Holly and Ivy

I missed out on a lot of children’s classics that it seems like everyone else read, but somehow a paperback edition of this 1957 book by Rumer Godden made its way into my house as a child. It is, I … Continue reading

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All’s Well

Miranda Fitch, the main character and narrator of Mona Awad’s All’s Well ended her career as a stage actress after a fall from the stage during a production of Macbeth left her with debilitating and chronic pain. However, she is, … Continue reading

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The Trees

I think satire is just about the most difficult kind of book for both writer and reader to get right. The writer has to be clear that they are being satirical, and the reader has to be able to get … Continue reading

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A Face Like Glass

Frances Hardinge’s books are so wonderfully creative. I love that the worlds she builds are so layered and surprising, and that’s certainly true of the world in A Face Like Glass. But, as fascinating as the world is, I found this book … Continue reading

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Several People Are Typing

A New York public relations firm uses Slack for all sorts of conversations, work-related and otherwise, and this short novel by Calvin Kasulke is a transcript of a few weeks on Slack when things get weird. There’s normal Slack chatter … Continue reading

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Love Lettering

My exploration of romance novels continues with this recommendation from Rohan. Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn is the story of Meg Mackworth, a designer who creates hand-lettered calendars, journals, and other designs. She has a good business, boosted by her internet … Continue reading

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