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OUTLINE by Rachel Cusk

Reading Rachel Cusk’s luminous novel OUTLINE, I was reminded of how much I love stories that involve travelers. Probably because the notion of boarding a plane or train implies adventure and the prospect of meeting new people and learning something, … Continue reading

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THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR by Helen Simonson

Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, which I also loved, has produced another comforting installment for those of us inclined to cuddle up under a blanket. Whether you are suffering from the flu or simply trying not to … Continue reading

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MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND by Helen Simonson

Maybe you have a cold, or maybe it’s rainy out, or maybe you are procrastinating from doing something “important.” You could probably come up with a better excuse, but the truth is, when it comes to reading you shouldn’t need … Continue reading

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EVERY DAY by David Levithan

Some people have wild imaginings but don’t do anything about them. David Levithan had this idea: Imagine if you woke up a different person every day. And he wrote this remarkable book about a teenager who has this experience. EVERY … Continue reading

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THE PASSENGER by Lisa Lutz

As should be evident from a handful of previous posts, I am a HUGE fan of Lisa Lutz. From her Spellman series (like Harriet the Spy for adults, but funnier) to the hilarious Heads You Lose (written with her ex-boyfriend, … Continue reading

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THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir

Andy Weir’s first novel, THE MARTIAN, is what Hollywood types call “high concept”: An astronaut who was left for dead finds himself alone on Mars. This is the story of what he does to try to survive. Of course they … Continue reading

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FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff

After a while, if you’ve read enough good books, you begin to approach them the way a chef eats in someone else’s restaurant, trying to discern the content of each dish. How could I make this? you think, savoring every … Continue reading

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CIRCLING THE SUN by Paula McLain

One thing we could all use in this world is more empathy. I was thinking about this problem while reading Paula McLain’s latest historical fiction memoir, CIRCLING THE SUN, which puts us deeply in the shoes of Beryl Clutterbuck—later Markham—who … Continue reading

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HOW TO START A FIRE by Lisa Lutz

Regular readers of this blog know I am a HUGE fan of Lisa Lutz, the author of the Spellman File series and Heads You Lose (with David Hayward). So it should come as no surprise that she has once again … Continue reading

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LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson

The idea of immortality is, to say the least, not new. To consider some popular media examples: in the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s character, an arrogant weatherman, is forced to live the same day over and over until … Continue reading

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