Monthly Archives: August 2012

WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOU by Molly Ringwald

Whether you read this book because you are curious about what the “Pretty in Pink” star would write or whether you are a novel-in-stories junkie like me, it’s worth a look. Although a somewhat snarky New York Times review by … Continue reading

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FREEDOM by Jonathan Franzen

Based on sheer thickness and number of pages (597), FREEDOM would seem like a long book, but it’s really not.  It falls into the genre I would describe as “dysfunctional family novels” (see also Anna Karenina and As I Lay … Continue reading

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood

“In the desert there is no sign that says, Thou shall not eat stones.”  This quote, a Sufi proverb in the epigraph to THE HANDMAID’S TALE, struck me as particularly relevant these days.  It could be taken in different ways.  … Continue reading

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ZEITOUN by Dave Eggers

In August of 2005, many of us watched The Weather Channel as Hurricane Katrina approached the Gulf Coast and could tell that things didn’t look good for New Orleans.  A giant swirling band of clouds covered hundreds and hundreds of … Continue reading

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Although the title might scare some people off, the truth is, this book is very accessible and entertaining.  Indeed, the subtitle, A Jaunty Exploration of the World’s Favorite Literary Form, is accurate.  Thomas Foster covers a lot of ground—from the … Continue reading

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I know you’re not supposed to put the word “very” in front of “unique,” but in the case of THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC, it applies.  This PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel is the first and probably only book you’ll ever read … Continue reading

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