Monthly Archives: December 2014

EUPHORIA by Lily King

Most works of fiction include a disclaimer about how any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental blahblahblah, but in the case of EUPHORIA, Lily King omits that stock epithet because in fact her novel is based on … Continue reading

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IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE by Hampton Sides

Some of my earliest memories are of tall bookcases filled with books, mostly my father’s books, which I found endlessly intriguing though for years I couldn’t read them. Couldn’t read, period. Just a word here and there. Prior to entering … Continue reading

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BARK by Lorrie Moore

As any true short story junkie knows, you cannot go wrong with Lorrie Moore. Beginning with her first collection, SELF-HELP (published in 1985), she established herself as a deft musician with words, and she has rarely hit a wrong note. … Continue reading

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THE BIG BURN by Timothy Egan

I admit I’ve had a slight crush on Teddy Roosevelt ever since reading about his adventures in the Amazon in Candice Millard’s RIVER OF DOUBT. But I probably would not have picked up THE BIG BURN, subtitled Teddy Roosevelt and … Continue reading

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