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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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Aquarium Vann PicMonkey Collage
Aquarium Vann PicMonkey Collage

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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Nora Webster PicMonkey Collage
Nora Webster PicMonkey Collage

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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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...