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live mines and duds: the reading life

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Ninefox GambitJennyninefox gambit

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:05:02 +0000

Okay, so let’s say right up front that unless you are a regular reader of hard science fiction, this will be a difficult, dense book to get through. I read a fair-to-middling amount of science fiction and fantasy — it’s … Continue reading

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Here Comes the SunTeresa

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:21:39 +0000

Margot lives with her mother and sister in the little Jamaican town of River Bank, but she works among the wealthy at a lavish hotel. Almost everything she earns, both through her work at the front desk and the sex … Continue reading

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After the First DeathTeresa

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 07:00:11 +0000

This 1979 novel by Robert Cormier is harrowing. I first read it in college, for an adolescent literature class required for teaching certification, and it has stuck with me. A recent conversation will fellow Book Riot contributors got me to … Continue reading

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Miss BurmaTeresa

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 17:10:34 +0000

This novel by Charmaine Craig tells the story of the history of Burma (now Myanmar) in the 20th century—from the 1930s to the 1960s—from the perspective of one family. Benny was born in the Jewish quarter in Rangoon but spent … Continue reading

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The Housekeeper and the ProfessorJennyhousekeeper and professor

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 08:00:18 +0000

For some reason, I thought this book was going to be sentimental. To be fair, when you summarize the plot, it sounds like that sort of book. But my friend Laura recommended it to me, and she’s not one for … Continue reading

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Boxers and SaintsJennyboxers and saintsboxer joanboxer gods

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 19:16:33 +0000

Between 1898 and 1901, the Chinese people rebelled against foreigners who had gained power in their country, and specifically against foreign missionaries who were converting more and more Chinese people. Boxers and Saints, a two-volume graphic novel set by Gene … Continue reading

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The Beautiful Mrs. SeidenmanJennybeautiful mrs seidenman

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 08:00:50 +0000

In Nazi-occupied Warsaw, in 1943, nothing is the same, and nothing will ever be the same again. Everything has to take the saturation of fear into account: names, addresses, jobs, friends, worship, going to get something to eat. Death is … Continue reading

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Parable of the SowerJennyparable of the sower

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:26:20 +0000

It’s 2024. In the first twenty pages of Octavia Butler’s novel, we hear fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina explain the consequences of climate change and total economic breakdown in the United States. She and her family are living in a walled commune, … Continue reading

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2018 Book SwapTeresa

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 08:00:58 +0000

With the new year just getting underway, it’s time again for Jenny and I to share recommendations with each other to read during the coming year. This is a favorite tradition for both of us, both because we almost always … Continue reading

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The Year Behind, the Year AheadJennychampagnea kind of intimacycomplete storiesour souls at nighthildnew jim crowmeasure for measure

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 00:55:11 +0000

Happy New Year! Like Teresa, and like many of you, I illumined this difficult and sometimes painful year with my reading. It was a place of respite, of interest and connection, where I could be refreshed. Here are a few … Continue reading

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