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The Core of the SunTeresa

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 02:11:53 +0000

In the Finland of this novel by Johanna Sinisalo and translated by Lola Rogers, women are sorted during childhood into two groups: Eloi and Morlocks (named inspired by H.G. Wells). The Morlocks are the workers, free to live as they … Continue reading (image)

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The Complete Stories, Clarice LispectorJennycomplete stories

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:00:44 +0000

Sometimes it happens that I’ll read something that I’ve seen on other people’s lists of The Greatest! of! All Time!, and for whatever reason (let’s face it, it’s because I’m a terrible person) I’ve dismissed the hype. How great could … Continue reading (image)

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Super BlackJennysuper black

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:43:57 +0000

I don’t know about you, but I was one of the people who saw Wonder Woman on the day it came out in the theater. I was ready — beyond ready — for a superheroine, and I wasn’t disappointed. For … Continue reading (image)

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The ShuttleTeresa

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 23:40:57 +0000

Frances Hodgson Burnett is best known for her children’s novels (none of which I happen to have read). The 1907 novel The Shuttle, however, is written for adults. Its subject—an abusive marriage—is a serious one, although it’s presented in such a way … Continue reading (image)

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Lying AwakeJennylying awake

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:00:24 +0000

Lying Awake is a short novel — under 200 pages — and it has a lot to say. Still, it manages to feel quiet rather than crowded, and measured rather than rushed. Quite an accomplishment for such a small book. … Continue reading (image)

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Before LunchJennybefore lunch

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 20:57:46 +0000

This is the seventh of Angela Thirkell’s Barsetshire books. It’s been over a year since I’ve read one, mostly because they aren’t available at my library and I have to get them through interlibrary loan, and every time I remember … Continue reading (image)

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Mon, 06 Nov 2017 07:36:11 +0000

Rachel is a scavenger who lives in the ruins of an old apartment building with Wick, a former employee of a biotech firm called the Company. The environment is a complete wreck. Rachel spent much of her childhood as a … Continue reading (image)

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Little Dorrit (TV series)Jennylittle dorrit

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 07:00:18 +0000

Recently, my friend Laura loaned me her copy of the 2008 BBC production of Little Dorrit. I watched it over a couple of days — it’s 14 half-hour episodes — and thought I would just mention it here. Little Dorrit … Continue reading (image)

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American StreetJennyamerican street

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 07:00:12 +0000

Fabiola was born in the US, but has grown up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, all her life. Now she and her mother are returning to the US, hoping for la belle vie — the good life. But despite preparing all their … Continue reading (image)

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The White AlbumTeresa

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 07:00:10 +0000

One of the best books I read last year was Joan Didion’s essay collection, Slouching Towards Bethlehem. I appreciated Didion’s keen observations and her blending of personal observation with commentary on the culture. It felt significant and hardly at all … Continue reading (image)

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