Category Archives: essays

Mini-reviews: Starglass by Phoebe North; Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by Michael Chabon; and Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Title: Starglass Author: Phoebe North Genre: YA science fiction Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Source: Print copy from the public library First line: My darling daughter, Know that I never would … Continue reading

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Mini-reviews: The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma; Dark Magic by James Swain; Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh; Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers

Title: The Map of the Sky Author: Felix J. Palma Genre: Science fiction Publisher: Atria Books Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Source: Print copy borrowed from a friend First line: Welcome, dear Reader, as you plunge valiantly into the … Continue reading

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Book Review: More Baths, Less Talking by Nick Hornby

Title: More Baths, Less Talking: Notes from the Reading Life of a Celebrated Author Locked in Battle with Football, Family, and Time Itself Author: Nick Hornby Genre: Non-fiction, essays Publisher: Believer Books Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Source: Print … Continue reading

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Mini-reviews: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene; Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery; and Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen

Title: The End of the Affair Author: Graham Greene Genre: Literary fiction Publisher: Penguin Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Source: Print copy from the public library First line: A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Talking About Detective Fiction by P.D. James

Title: Talking About Detective Fiction Author: P.D. James Genre: Non-fiction, essays Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Source: Print copy from my personal library I love P.D. James’ fiction, both her Adam Dalgliesh mystery series and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

Title: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader Author: Anne Fadiman Genre: Non-fiction, essays Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Source: Print copy from my personal library First line: A few months ago, my husband … Continue reading

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Bookish links for Saturday, January 14, 2012

Discussion starters: ~ Both Sheila at Book Journey and Chris at Bookarama both posted on the changes in the book blogging world. Thought-provoking posts and great discussions in the comments sections of both. Reviews and blog posts that have me … Continue reading

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Recommended reading for the Essay Challenge – and “Why read essays?”

I hope that all of you who are participating in the 2012 Essay Challenge have had a good start to your 2012. If you’re still considering the challenge, it’s not too late to sign up – just click on over … Continue reading

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