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Book Review: C by Thomas McCarthy

August 31, 2010

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When you read a lot of fiction, you start to see patterns.  It’s inevitable.  Writers are readers too, after all, and it’s hard not to be at least a little bit derivative.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, however.  Such patterns can be fun and often comforting in their familiarity, like bananas.  But if […]

Book Review: Best Friends Forever (Go ahead, laugh)

August 24, 2010

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I read this book.  It was called Best Friends Forever.  No, it was not a title in the Babysitters Club series.  Yes, I’m reviewing it.  And guess what else?  I enjoyed it.  When I started it I thought, well, I’m a third wave feminist.  I can read this book without feeling ashamed or like I’m […]

Book Review: Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It

August 19, 2010

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For a while there, I was on a short story kick (actually, binge is more like it).  It started off innocently enough.  One night, I hastily picked up two books from the “just returned” shelf that happened to be short story collections: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri and The Things Around Your Neck by Chimamanda […]

Book Review: The Forgotten Garden

August 14, 2010

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I frequently invenet for myself a childhood, or rather, the kind of childhood personality, I believe I should have had.  I should have stolen once from the penny candy tray; I should have liked candy; I should have pranced in red rainboots; I should have made a mudpie; I should have enjoyed carousels.  And I […]

Book Review: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Part II)

August 11, 2010

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The appeal of Murukami’s memoir doesn’t end at the style.  Interwoven with the training journal tidbits are thoughts on the author’s personality and his process as a writer and a human.  He acknowledges, confesses even, that he enjoys the solitary nature of his life.  Ironically I find it reassuring to hear such sentiments from another […]

Book Review: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Part I)

August 10, 2010

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A few weeks ago at the Harvard bookstore, I had the opportunity to hear Maile Meloy discuss her new book Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It.  It is a collection of short stories (beautifully crafted ones I might add) from an author has primarily published novels in recent history.  Of course a […]

Book Review: The Palace of Illusions

August 8, 2010

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As religious texts go, the Mahabarath is a gem.  It’s not just instructive and exciting, it’s beautiful. The story has truly earned the descriptor “epic.” To make a long story short (understatement!), the general plot is about a devastating war between cousins, betrayal, kingship, morality, manhood, and the workings of fate.  Many more of you […]