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live mines and duds: the reading life

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Sat, 17 Mar 2018 16:32:51 +0000

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is just the kind of historical fiction I love. It’s a great story about decent people living in a time and place I don’t know a lot about. In this case, the setting for most … Continue reading

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So Much BlueTeresa

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 18:13:08 +0000

Kevin Pace is a painter. His canvas, which he works on in secret, is full of blue, a hue he’s usually avoided, but now, for some reason, he can’t let it go. He’s also can’t let go of secrets from … Continue reading

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Dear CyborgsTeresa

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 01:01:25 +0000

Often, the Tournament of Books brings to my attention a few great books I’d never heard of. Last year, it was Black Wave; this year, it was Lucky Boy. I was hoping Dear Cyborgs by Eugene Lim would be a second. It certainly sounds like … Continue reading

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The End of EddyTeresa

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:22:39 +0000

Eddy Bellegueule was a disappointment to his family from a very young age. He was his father’s first son, and his father wanted to prove his manliness by having a manly son. Eddy was not what his father saw as … Continue reading

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Lucky BoyTeresa

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 17:16:21 +0000

I’m mystified that this novel by Shanthi Sekaram hasn’t gotten more attention. It’s a compelling read about complex subjects that are very much of the moment. I suppose some could argue that its style is too simplistic and the story … Continue reading

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Manhattan BeachTeresa

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 23:28:22 +0000

During the Great Depression, Eddie Kerrigan took care of his wife and daughters, even if it meant getting involved with the shady gangster Dexter Sykes. But by World War II, Eddie is gone and the women are on their own. … Continue reading

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Page to Screen: ItTeresa

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 14:31:54 +0000

I love a good horror movie, so I was delighted when the film version of It came out last year and got good reviews, although it took me until this week to get around to seeing it. I shouldn’t have bothered. … Continue reading

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Fair and Tender LadiesTeresa

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:55:24 +0000

Reading Lee Smith’s memoir Dimestore last year reminded me of what a good writer she is and inspired me to revisit her fiction for the first time in more than 20 years. The trouble is, aside from Black Mountain Breakdown, I have … Continue reading

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The CommodoreTeresa

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:43:47 +0000

The 17th book in Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series finds Stephen and Jack back in England, ready to reunited with their families after years away. Stephen is particularly anxious to meet his daughter, Brigid, but when he arrives home he finds … Continue reading

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Sun, 11 Feb 2018 08:00:56 +0000

This fantasy novel by Mishell Baker is the kind of book that makes you want to recommend it to people, but a) it’s hard to know who in your acquaintance will like it, and b) it is quite difficult to … Continue reading

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