Monthly Archives: July 2013

GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES by Ruth Reichl

Now that I don’t teach high school English anymore and am no longer required to read a book fifteen times (I’m looking at you, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, and The Adventures of Huckleberry … Continue reading

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THE FORGOTTEN WALTZ by Anne Enright

I am pretty sure that in the moments right before I die, when my whole life flashes before me, I will see at least a few scenes in which I am sitting on hardwood floors, crumpled and weeping.  This is … Continue reading

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THE LAST WORD* by Lisa Lutz

Given the title* of the latest Spellman novel by Lisa Lutz (I blogged about the others here), I opened it with some trepidation: Would this be the last book in this marvelous series? I can’t promise anything, but one sentence … Continue reading

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THE SOLITUDE OF PRIME NUMBERS by Paolo Giordano

According to his bio, Paolo Giordano is a 28 year-old particle physicist.  I am hoping that this novel, his first, is not just a TDM (Thinly Disguised Memoir) because I would hate to think he has exhausted his best material. … Continue reading

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TOMS RIVER by Dan Fagin

If you have never heard of Toms River, New Jersey, then Dan Fagin’s new book, subtitled A Story of Science and Salvation, might seem like just another a riveting narrative—in this case, about how a town’s water supply became contaminated … Continue reading

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