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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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The Only Bad Thing About the Public Library

I love public libraries. I love that they’re free. I love the employees at my library—they’re all funny, helpful, intellectual, and open-minded. I love the books. I love taking the books back to the library when I’m done with them, because … 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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Ann Patchett’s “State of Wonder”

A couple of years back, I read and loved David Grann’s The Lost City of Z, a true story about a late 19th- and early 20th-century British explorer, Percy Fawcett, who traveled many times to the Amazon to search for a … Continue reading

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How to Write the Opening Line of a Novel

This morning I finally got to sit down the Henry James’ The Aspern Papers, after letting it languish in a stack of junk for the last week. Writers, take note:  this is how to start a novel: I had taken … Continue reading

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A Bit of a Chill at the Public Library

This week I was wandering through the stacks at the library hoping to find something GOOD to read. By “GOOD,” I mean that I just read Solar by Ian McEwan, and that any book that follows a read by Ian … Continue reading

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England on My Mind

I’ve read a curious string of books lately – though I didn’t plan it this way, it turns out they all take place in Yorkshire. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – an A+ novel set in early-to-mid-20th century Yorkshire. … Continue reading

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