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Review: What Comes Next and How to Like It

Abigail Thomas writes a particular type of episodic memoir, in which chapters are often just a few sentences or paragraphs long. Safekeeping is the best example of her style, while A Three Dog Life is her best overall. I would ...
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Publishing Godwin PicMonkey Collage
Publishing Godwin PicMonkey Collage

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...

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...
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Review: Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?

“I gave up on ever trying to get ‘my way.’ I barely knew it existed.” The year was 2010 and a truly great graphic memoir exploring loss and acceptance caught fire in reading circles everywhere. That grand achievemen...

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no saints around here 2
no saints around here 2

No Saints around Here by Susan Allen Toth

I’m sure I must be one of Susan Allen Toth’s biggest fans. In the months before I first journeyed to England for my junior year abroad, I devoured her trilogy of travel books: My Love Affair with England, England as You Like It...

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Review: The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock

I first came across Mary Delany’s intricate paper flowers at an exhibition held at one of London’s great treasure troves, the Sir John Soane’s Museum, in early 2010. Though at the time I recognized the flower mosaics as gorgeou...
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Book Review: No One (Personne) by Gwenaëlle Aubry

What first intrigued me about No One (Personne) was the first line of the back cover synopsis: “No One is the portrait of a man without a true self.”  I really love a book that explores and plays with layers of iden...

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moonwalking with einstein
moonwalking with einstein

Review: Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

Working in London has allowed me many a random celebrity sighting. Those have ranged from the political (the Deputy Prime Minister’s wife and Princess Anne, a more minor royal) to the clerical (former Archbishop of Canterbury R...