Monthly Archives: August 2011

CRAZY FOR THE STORM by Norman Ollestad

Sorry for the delay in producing this entry.  I was waiting for the power to come back on.  After evacuating, I returned home to a foot of water in my basement.  But compared to many other people, I had it … Continue reading

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DESCENT OF MAN by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Possibly because I am a short story junkie, the first writer who came to mind as I thought about today’s earthquake and the impending hurricane was T.C. Boyle.  He has written several provocative collections, including IF THE RIVER WAS WHISKEY, … Continue reading

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RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT by Gretchen Morgenson & Joshua Rosner

If you’ve been wondering how the housing bubble burst and why the economy is so messed up, you could choose from any number of books to deepen your understanding and quite frankly, depress yourself.  LIAR’S POKER and THE BIG SHORT, … Continue reading

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PONTOON by Garrison Keillor

“Evelyn was an insomniac so when they say she died in her sleep, you have to question that.”  Thus begins Garrison Keillor’s PONTOON: A NOVEL OF LAKE WOBEGON.  It continues in this vein, this voice, for 248 pages: unpredictable, laugh-out-loud … Continue reading

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A friend in college liked to say, “We have too much work to do not to go to the movies.”  Sometimes he finished that sentence with “read a book JUST FOR FUN.”  We were often pressed for time, facing deadlines … Continue reading

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BAD DOG by Martin Kihn

I once read somewhere that the people and animals around us reflect who we are.  I wonder what it says about me that one of my cats likes to eat cardboard and the other doesn’t like to get her nails … Continue reading

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ANNA KARENINA by Leo Tolstoy

Although the producers of romantic comedies would like us to believe that when the main characters kiss at the end, time stands still and they live happily ever after, anyone with a pulse knows that life keeps marching on.  Setting … Continue reading

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When I began teaching 24 years ago, all I had was an Ivy League education and a case of Michelob, both courtesy of my parents.  I’m not complaining.  They were both handy.  The beer endeared me to my new roommates, … Continue reading

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OPEN by Andre Agassi

I was never a big Andre Agassi fan.  He seemed like just another spoiled brat, pouting on the court.  Plus I didn’t like his hair.  Though I enjoyed playing tennis, I didn’t like to watch it.  So I ignored him … Continue reading

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UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand

My dad (who gave me this book) likes to say, “Nothing is ever as good as it seems or as bad as it seems.”  Fortunately he never says this when I’m celebrating something; he saves it for low moments.  I … Continue reading

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