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Review: Publishing by Gail Godwin

I had only heard of one Gail Godwin novel – Flora, her most recent – before I spotted this memoir on NetGalley. It turns out she’s the author of 14 novels, two short story collections, and a few nonfiction works, and was a fina...
 
 
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Flavia de Luce PicMonkey Collage
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Introducing the Flavia de Luce Mysteries

There’s nothing as cozy as a Flavia de Luce mystery. Normally I shy away from genre fiction, spurn series, and tire quickly of child narrators – and yet I find the Flavia de Luce novels positively delightful. Why? Well, Canadia...
 
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Best Books of 2014: Nonfiction

2014 has been a great year for nonfiction, especially for memoirs. Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant, a memoir in graphic novel form, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the inaugural Kirkus...

 
 
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Almost Famous Women, Megan Mayhew Bergman

Megan Mayhew Bergman is the author of two short story collections, Birds of a Lesser Paradise (2012) and the forthcoming Almost Famous Women, which I had the chance to read early. Each of the stories in her new collection takes...
 
 
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Review: Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson

Between the ages of about eight and 15, I was adamant that I wanted to be either an archaeologist or a paleontologist when I grew up. I can date the latter ambition to the first Jurassic Park movie, which I saw in the theater w...

 
 
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Review: Aquarium by David Vann

I’ve been a huge fan of David Vann’s fiction ever since I read Caribou Island in 2011, so news of a new book from him is a big deal for me. His new novel, Aquarium, doesn’t release until March 2015, but I jumped at the chance t...
 
 
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Review: Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín

Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín, his eighth novel, is a subtle portrait of a bereaved family in late 1960s Ireland. Nora, 40, has lost her husband Maurice to sudden illness. Repressing her own grief, she helps her four children mov...
 
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Lost Classics Eliz. Taylor featured img
Lost Classics Eliz. Taylor featured img

Lost Classics: Novelist Elizabeth Taylor

No, not that Elizabeth Taylor – she of the ostentatious makeup and jewelry; that many-times-married friend of Michael Jackson. Perhaps you haven’t even heard of English novelist Elizabeth Taylor? Born in my current hometown of ...

 
 
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Review: Wild Child by T.C. Boyle

Each story in Wild Child by T.C. Boyle is assured, in-your-face, and perfectly executed; he is a master of the genre. The stories are so deep and insightful that I could imagine any one of them being extended into a full-length...
 
 
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127 Hours Ralston
127 Hours Ralston

Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Aron Ralston

Considering that: a) I already knew the full story of Ralston’s days trapped by a boulder in a remote canyon, b) I had already seen the brilliant 2010 film made of his experience (127 Hours, starring James Franco, a favorite of...