Tag Archives: Books

Another Favorite Living Author

As I’ve almost certainly mentioned before, my favorite living author is the great Ian McEwan. I’ve got other living favorites, too, such as Tony Earley, Jeffrey Eugenides, Geraldine Brooks, and Wendell Berry. I also have a list of dead favorites. It’s grown longer … Continue reading

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My Twelfth Day of “Eating to Live”

I go to the gym a lot, but I eat unhealthy food, and too much of it. My pants never quite fit right, and I always wish I could lose about 10 lbs. According to the standard medical charts, I weigh a normal … Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know in Just 250 Pages!

Who could possibly be gullible enough to believe that the Explanation for Everything could be contained in 250 pages? Who would even think that human language could adequately  explain much of anything, even in the best 250 pages ever written? This is what I … Continue reading

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Maneuvering the 19th Century Parisian Sewers in “Les Miserables”

First, I’m going to shout this out because it’s finally true and because I have earned the satisfaction of saying it: I FINISHED READING LES MISERABLES LAST NIGHT! A few months back, when a couple of old college girlfriends and I talked about reading … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Passage from American Literature

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been reading Les Miserables for my book club, but also the great Pulitzer Prize novel from 1961, The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor. The narrator of this lovely book is an Irish American priest, … Continue reading

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Seeing Fish Underwater, or, Why I Read Books and Poetry

I’ve just finished a book that made me cry a good old-fashioned Cry—a sit on the couch, blow-your-nose, cry-some-more, laugh-a-little, read-the-ending-again, cry-some-more, real Cry. Why do people cry over good books? I’m not sad. I’m not exactly happy. I am … Continue reading

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A Mid-October Reminder from Emily Bronte

Fall has always been a difficult time of year for me. Pretty leaves only fall and blow away; Halloween is an unappealing and stupid “holiday” and I dread the most superficial of holidays in the United States, Thanksgiving and Christmas. … Continue reading

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