Category: Books

A Round Up of My Summer Reading

My blog has been quiet most of the summer, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading. These days my reading is driven by whim. Since the death of my sister in March, my concentration has waxed and waned. I’ve needed time to nurture my soul. I’ve tried to streamline my life a bit so …

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Good Kings Bad Kings – Book Review

I got a plan to run away. I’m gonna go right before they’re set to ship me out of here. I been figuring it out but there’s still a few details that need a little work. I know how I’m gonna sneak out, that’s easy, but I’m not sure where I’m gonna stay at. The …

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In Wilderness – Book Review

She will remember this moment all her life, she is sure of it. – from In Wilderness, first sentence – The year is 1966. Katherine Reid is sick. She thinks she is probably dying. It seems as though her happy life has completely unraveled. And so, she leaves society behind and heads to a cabin …

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The Master Butchers Singing Club – Book Review

Since she had known Eva Waldvogel, and also traveled here and there with Cyprian, she had started to understand how a woman’s attention could succeed in making sense of man’s blind chaos, and yet women needed their own wildness. It was here. All ran riot. The garden and weedy yard would wax fuller until it …

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The Girl on the Train – Book Review

I can’t do this, I can’t just be a wife. I don’t understand how anyone does it—there is literally nothing to do but wait. Wait for a man to come home and love you. Either that or look around for something to distract you. -from The Girl on the Train- Rachel has turned into a …

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Principles of Navigation – Book Review

Fixing the broken had become his theme, personally and professionally, as he’d told Wolf, letting his friend assume “personal” meant his home remodeling and “professional” meant Rolly was back to creative work. But he wasn’t. – from Principles of Navigation – Alice and Rolly Becotte are married and living in Indiana in 1999, on the …

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Book Review

In 1996, ten years had passed since I’d last seen my brother, seventeen since my sister disappeared. The middle of my story is all about their absence, though if I hadn’t told you that, you might not have known. By 1996, whole days went by in which I hardly thought about either one. – from …

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The Last Good Paradise – Book Review

Now their life in tatters, Richard went off diving. Where had that protective, nurturing Richard gone? Amusing himself despite her torment. Ten years, every year since law school, lopped off. Ann worried because she knew from long professional experience that relationships only continued on some basis of parity, to be determined by the two parties. …

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Hush Hush – Book Review

The first note appeared on Tess Monaghan’s car on a March day that was cranky as a toddler – wet, tired, prone to squalls. But Tess did not know the note was the first of anything. There is no first until the second arrives. – from Hush, Hush – Readers who have been hooked on …

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The Dog Stars – Book Review

So I wonder what it is this need to tell. To animate somehow the deathly stillness of the profoundest beauty. Breathe life in the telling. Counter I guess to Bangley’s modus which is to kill just about everything that moves. – from Dog Stars, page 52 – The world is not the same. A flu …

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