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Posts in category Orange January/July

Swamplandia! – Book Review

Swamplandia! – Book Review

The Beginning of the End can feel a lot like the middle when you are living in it. When I was a kid I couldn’t see any of these ridges. It was only after Swamplandia!’s fall that time folded into a story with a beginning, a middle, and an ending. If you’re short on time, […]

Scottsboro – Book Review

Scottsboro – Book Review

Even after all these years, the injustice still stuns. Innocent boys sentenced to die, not for a crime they did not commit, but for a crime that never occurred. Lives splintered as casually as wood being hacked for kindling. Young manhood ground to ashes. – from Scottsboro, page 1 – Ellen Feldman’s novel Scottsboro is […]

The Long Song – Book Review

The Long Song – Book Review

Kitty turned to face her master. ‘Come along, Caroline. Hurry. We need to get out of the sun.’ ‘Can I take her?’ she asked. Kitty tried to seize air enough to breathe. ‘Yes, if she’ll amuse you. She would be taken soon enough anyway. It will encourage her to have another. They are dreadful mothers, […]

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s...

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives – Book Review

“Wipe your eyes,” she said, passing me a rag. “It has been a month since your parents died. This is not your home and it will never be. A girl cannot inherit her father’s house because it is everyone’s prayer that she will marry and make her husband’s home her own. This house and everything […]

Jamrach’s Menagerie – Boo...

Jamrach’s Menagerie – Book Review

A mile from the shoal we hove to. A ghostly feather appeared, far, far out to sea, just for a second, and my heart was beating very very fast. Tim, down from his eyrie, ran over to me, out of breath. “This is it.” He could hardly get it out. “This is it, this it, […]

Orange July – So Many Wonderful...

Orange July – So Many Wonderful Choices

Orange July will be here very, very soon (if you don’t know what this is, then go check out the details over on Jill’s blog), and I need to make some tough decisions. In going through my stacks of unread books, I have found more Orange books than I could possibly read in one month. […]

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