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An Education

I read this short memoir by Lynn Barber because I really like the movie based on it. I knew nothing of Barber’s long career in British journalism. It turns out that just a chapter in the book’s 190 pages is … Continue reading

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Matrix

Lauren Groff’s newest novel is an imagining of the life of the 12th-century poet, Marie of France who wrote a series of Anglo-Norman lais. Almost nothing is known about her, which makes her a good subject for this sort of … Continue reading

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Beautiful World, Where Are You

Sally Rooney is an author a lot of people seem to have very strong opinions about, and I mostly don’t get it. I liked Normal People well enough but thought it was maybe a little over-hyped. But I’ve also thought the anti-Rooney … Continue reading

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The Sentence

Louise Erdrich’s newest book is very much a book of the present moment. For some, that might make it unbearable to read right now. But I found it refreshing, especially after Our Country Friends. Louise Erdrich has become one of my favorite … Continue reading

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Our Country Friends

One of the things I enjoy about following the Tournament of Books is that it introduces me to writers I’ve never heard of and sometimes gets me to finally read writers I’ve been mildly curious about but haven’t gotten around … Continue reading

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The Happy Foreigner

This novel by Enid Bagnold is a fairly straightforward fictionalized account of her time as a driver for the French army after World War I. Much like Love Lessons, it depicts a young woman in a time of crisis paying more … Continue reading

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Laura

If you’re into classic movies, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen, or at least heard of, the 1944 film noir with Gene Tierney. I watched it years and years ago, with no idea that it was based on a … Continue reading

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The Echo Wife

Evelyn, the narrator of this novel by Sarah Gailey, is a research scientist who has developed a human cloning technology that allows clients to have clones created to serve as body doubles and such. The clones’ programming doesn’t give them … Continue reading

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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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