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Gilead

Posted on Aug 31, 2015. See more in Fiction

by Marilynne Robinson Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2004 “Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.” Jorge Luis Borges “How do you review a book like Kafka on the Shore?” Chris asked. This is Chris, of the long list of recommended books. No problem, I told him. Wrong. Not easy. Nonetheless I’m going to give it a stab, because the book is a phenomenon and...

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The Guernsey LIterary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Posted on Aug 31, 2015. See more in Fiction

by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows Random Hosue, 2008 Try it.  You’ll like it!  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society needs no deep literary analysis.  It’s simply a good read, recommended by both my daughter (a Generation Xer) and a friend who teacher college level Creative Writing.   What stays with my daughter is the easy way it read and...

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Posted on Aug 31, 2015. See more in Fiction

by Muriel Barbery Europa Editions, 2006 This is one of those rare books whose goal is to speak beautifully about beauty.  Sounds esoteric?  It is in a way.  But don’t let this put you off.  You will meet two fresh and intriguing characters that speak in brief, alternating chapters (and alternating fonts) of their disdain for bourgeoisie culture and the...

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Olive Kitteridge

Posted on Aug 31, 2015. See more in Fiction

by Elizabeth Strout Random House, 2008   I’m sad.  Not because Olive Kitteridge ended – as is sometimes the case when I read an acclaimed book.  (And Olive Kitteridge is acclaimed having won the Pulitzer Prize.) I’m sad because the lives of so many of the characters, “day after day unconsciously squander their lives.”   This is not a reason to avoid...

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Let the Great World Spin

Posted on Aug 31, 2015. See more in Fiction

by Colum McCann Random House, 2009   I heard Colum McCann interviewed about this marvelous “symphony of a novel” as Frank McCourt called it, before his death. His novel had won the National Book award (an award that always makes me look again). The novel is set in August of 1974 and the interconnected stories in each chapter are each related to...

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Firmin

Posted on Aug 31, 2015. See more in Fiction

by Sam Savage Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2009   I’m a reader. And I love to read a book that leads me to another book that leads me to another book that leads me to even another book. This petite novel, Firmin does this. Delightfully so. I’m not normally attracted to fantasy books where the protagonist other than human. There have been a few. The Narnia...

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