Tag Archives: E-Galley

This Isn’t the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You: Stories

Ever since reading Even the Dogs, I’ve thought that Jon McGregor would be an excellent short story writer. He has a gift for homing in on details that make seemingly trivial moments pregnant with meaning. Plus, his style is of … Continue reading

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When five-year-old Julia Beckett first saw Greywethers, an old slate-roof farmhouse in Exbury, out-of-the-way English village, it was love at first sight. “That’s my house,” she told her brother Tom. Years later, she happened upon the house again and immediately … Continue reading

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A Spirituality of Living

This little book by Henri Nouwen was the second of my Lenten readings, and after the intellectual struggle involved in reading Kierkegaard, Nouwen was like a refreshing drink of water on a hot day. Henri Nouwen was a Roman Catholic … Continue reading

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Relationships between people are like dense forests. Or maybe it’s the people themselves who are forests, trail after trail opening up within them, trails that are kept hidden from others, opening only by chance to those who happen upon them. … Continue reading

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The Tunnel

In an effort to immerse ourselves more deeply in the kinds of books we enjoy while also broadening our literary horizons, Jenny and I are devoting our reading in January to international crime novels. I kicked off the month with … Continue reading

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The Artist of Disappearance

First, an embarrassing confession. I requested The Artist of Disappearance from Netgalley because I wanted to give the author a second try after having mixed success with The Inheritance of Loss. It wasn’t until I was over halfway through the … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Disappearance

Nuri el-Alfi’s father disappeared in 1970, when Nuri was 14 years old and on holiday in Switzerland with his young step-mother, Mona. The politically motivated kidnapping is entirely personal for Nuri, and this personal dimension is the focus of Nuri’s … Continue reading

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