Monthly Archives: February 2016

Thawing Ice

The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. It is another of the novels on the Top 150 list. In it, we find a timid man named Quoyle who has a philandering … Continue reading

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Book Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC, the debut novel by Mark Tompkins publishing on March 1st. Included in the giveaway is a copy of the book and a custom-made pack of Tarot cards.  Please note, the … Continue reading

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The Best-Laid Plans

The Flaw by Antonis Samarakis would never have come to my attention had it not been for the mention of it in Love in Lower–Case. Originally written in Greek in 1966, this book may take some searching to find, but … Continue reading

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Before His Time

James Agee died before his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Death in the Family, was completed. The book was edited and published posthumously.  I share this story about the novel because as I read it, it seemed to me as if … Continue reading

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In Here

A seven-year-old named Millie Bird, is the heroine of Lost and Found by Australian author Brooke Davis. Millie’s father has died and soon afterward her mother takes her to the ladies underware department at the store. Instructing her daughter to … Continue reading

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Art Transends

I was disappointed in The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro. Having enjoyed Shapiro’s previous novel, I had high expectations for her latest book. Set in modern times, the novel is about a young woman named Danielle who works at Christie’s … Continue reading

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I Want

Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow was published in 1959 and is another of the Top 150 Novels of the 20th century. Henderson is a wealthy American pig farmer in his mid-fifties who is discontented with life.  He is … Continue reading

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