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Nora Webster PicMonkey Collage
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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...
 
Great Authors You've Never Heard Of
 
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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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Wild Child T.C. Boyle image
Wild Child T.C. Boyle image

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
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...
 
Book Lists
 
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10 September Books PicMonkey collage
10 September Books PicMonkey collage

10 September Books Worth Anticipating

Through websites like Goodreads, NetGalley and Edelweiss, I get a bit of a sneak peek at some of the biggest titles set for release in upcoming months. Here are ten of the books being published this September that I’m most look...

 
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Photo credit: Mia5793 [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons.
Photo credit: Mia5793 [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons.

A Freelance Book Reviewer’s Reflections

At the end of July 2013, I left my job as a library assistant to set up as a freelance book reviewer. For just over a year, then, I’ve been writing reviews and other book-related articles on a self-employed basis. My one-year a...
 
 
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Friendship Emily Gould image
Friendship Emily Gould image

Review: Friendship by Emily Gould

For your summer reading pleasure, here’s a perfect book to take to the beach, on the train, or to the doctor’s office: Friendship by Emily Gould. It’s just right if you’re a 30-year-old woman, like me and like Gould’s main char...
 
Book Lists
 
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10 August Books PicMonkey collage
10 August Books PicMonkey collage

10 August Books Worth Anticipating

Through websites like Goodreads, NetGalley and Edelweiss, I get a bit of a sneak peek at some of the biggest titles set for release in upcoming months. Here are ten of the books being published this August that I’m most looking...

 
Book Lists
 
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10 July Books PicMonkey Collage
10 July Books PicMonkey Collage

10 July Books Worth Anticipating

Through websites like Goodreads, NetGalley and Edelweiss, I get a bit of a sneak peek at some of the biggest titles set for release in upcoming months. Here are ten of the books being published this July (mostly novels this tim...
 
 
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Unforgettable featured image
Unforgettable featured image

Review: Unforgettable by Paulette Alden

Miriam Batson, the protagonist of these nine short stories, first appeared in Paulette Alden’s previous collection, Feeding the Eagles (1988). Like Alden herself, Miriam is a writer and sometime college professor based in Minne...