June 2011 archive

The Ugly Side of Literature

There must be something in the air. All week I have been reading articles which make me cringe. They are the ugly side to literature which speak to some of the worst aspects of human behavior: jealousy, anger, and bitterness. Earlier this week, Roxana Robinson of the PEN American Center spoke to V.S. Naipaul’s trashing …

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Tomorrow Pamplona – Book Review

A flock of starlings swirls over the cornfields, a dark patch against the sky, constantly changing shape, growing larger, then shrinking. The occasional starling splits off from the group. Danny tries to follow the bird with his eyes, even after the group swallows it up and it disappears, just like the stray thoughts that  break …

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Unbroken – Book Review

All he could see, in every direction, was water. It was June 23, 1943. Somewhere on the endless expanse of the Pacific Ocean, Army Air Forces bombardier and Olympic runner Louie Zamperini lay across a small raft, drifting westward. – from Unbroken, preface – Louie Zamperini grew up in Torrence, California. He was an intrepid …

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Mailbox Monday – June 6, 2011

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday, hosted this month by The Bluestocking Guide. Make sure you visit Bluestocking today and add your link int the comments (sans html code!!) … you’ll also find links to other readers’ mailboxes there. To see the schedule of this meme’s host, please visit the dedicated blog. I …

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Sunday Salon – June 5, 2011

June 5, 2011 8:30 AM Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of Sunday Salon. I missed last week, and so I have a little catching up to do. Before I start talking books, however, let me just tell you that this weather is more like February than June. We’ve had cold, cold rain …

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The Last Time I Saw Paris – Book Review

Your ticket, a passport validated for Europe by the State Department, and Portuguese and French tourist visas, he said, made out to Claire Harris. But, you realize that after you land in Lisbon, you are on your own. This is not an official operation. These are only papers with stamps. If something goes wrong, not …

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Book Giveaway – Love At Absolute Zero

Love At Absolute Zero by Christopher Meeks 297 pages September 2011 CONTEST OPEN JUNE 3 – JUNE 13, 2011 Thanks to the generosity of the author, I am delighted to be able to offer one person a copy of  Love At Absolute Zero by Christopher Meeks. Although I have not yet read the novel, I …

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