Tag Archives: Relationships

US by David Nicholls

The novel US is based on what movie directors call a “high-concept” premise: shortly before a husband and wife take their son on a multi-week European vacation, the wife informs her husband that she thinks she wants to leave him. … Continue reading

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LOVE WARRIOR by Glennon Doyle Melton

The first thing you need to know is that I read this book, which is 272 pages long, in one sitting. That should tell you something. LOVE WARRIOR, Glennon Doyle Melton’s memoir, is ostensibly about what she did after she … Continue reading

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YOU’LL GROW OUT OF IT by Jessi Klein

My friend Anne had trouble reading this book. Not intellectually, but logistically. She had to keep taking off her glasses and wiping her eyes because she couldn’t stop laughing so hard that it made her weep. Jessi Klein is a … Continue reading

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I don’t have any children (yet), but I have thousands of former students, which is the next best thing because the chances they will do something that makes me proud are greatly multiplied. To clarify: I take zero credit for … Continue reading

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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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When I finally picked up ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (originally published in 2010), I did not know what to expect. The buzz around the Netflix series, which I have not yet viewed, seems to suggest high drama, machinations, and … Continue reading

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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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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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ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes

ME BEFORE YOU, a page-turning, tragic/romantic/comic novel by Jojo Moyes, brought up three things for me. First, how your life can change at any moment, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse, and sometimes both. Second, it reminded me … Continue reading

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THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McLain

If you know anything about Ernest Hemingway, you probably know that he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, that he liked hunting and fishing, that he spent considerable time in the 1920s in Paris, that he was married four times, … Continue reading

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