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Principles of Navigation – Book...

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 [...]

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselve...

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 We Are All Completely Beside Oursel [...]

The Last Good Paradise – Book R...

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 pa [...]

Hush Hush – Book Review

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 the Tess Monaghan novels by best selling au [...]

The Dog Stars – Book Review

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 has wiped out 99 percent of all humans. The fe [...]

The Family Handyman Complete Do-It-Yo...

The Family Handyman Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual – Review
Are you someone who likes to take on DIY projects around the house? Or maybe you don’t like it, but you find yourself faced with fixing things like leaky pipes. Or maybe you want to revamp your landscaping or remodel the living room. If your answer to any of these is “Yes” than you need to go out and buy yourself a copy of t [...]

The Narrow Road to the Deep North ...

The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Book Review
In this way, thought Nakamura, the Japanese spirit is now itself the railway, and the railway the Japanese spirit, our narrow road to the deep north, helping to take the beauty and wisdom of Basho to the larger world. - from The Narrow Road to the Deep North, page 94 – It is August of 1943 along the Thai-Burma Death Railway. Australian [...]

All The Light We Cannot See – B...

All The Light We Cannot See – Book Review
Open your eyes, concludes the man, and see what you can with them before they close forever, and then a piano comes on, playing a lonely song that sounds to Werner like a golden boat traveling a dark river, a progression of harmonies that transfigures Zollverein: the houses turned to mist, the mines filled in, the smokestacks fallen, an ancie [...]

Station Eleven – Book Review

Station Eleven – Book Review
What was lost in the collapse: almost everything, almost everyone, but there is still such beauty. Twilight in the altered world, a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a parking lot in the mysteriously named town of St. Deborah by the Water, Lake Michigan shining a half mile away. - from Station Eleven – It is winter. Insi [...]

Sharp Objects – Book Review

Sharp Objects – Book Review
My brain was stumbling from image to image of my mother, all ominous. Omen. The word beat again on my skin. Flash of thin, wild-haired Joya with the long nails, peeling skin from my mother. Flash of my mother and her pills and potions, sawing through my hair. – from Sharp Objects. Camille Preaker has had a less than ideal childhood. She [...]
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