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About this blog: This blog is a place for conversation about books. I post reviews of what I'm reading--lots of contemporary fiction, but also classics and the occasional work of narrative nonfiction. I am always looking for new books to read, so ...  (More)

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Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon, and the debate over the National Book Award
Jan 21, 2014 11:26 am
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Gordon, Jaimy. Lord of Misrule. (McPherson & Co., 2010).

Over the holidays I visited my 90-year-old grandmother in New York City. A widow for the last thirteen... More
Champion of Choice by Cathleen Miller
Jan 1, 2014 10:54 am
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Miller, Cathleen. Champion of Choice. (University of Nebraska Press, 2013).

I've been busy reading a fascinating new biography, ... More
The Empty House by Nathan Oates
Dec 11, 2013 11:12 am
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Oates, Nathan. The Empty House. (Willow Springs Editions, 2013).



You'd never know it by glancing at bookstore shelves, but there are more short... More
2013 Holiday Book Guide (Nonfiction Picks)
Dec 8, 2013 8:32 pm
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Last week I listed three of the best works of fiction I read in 2013. Here... More
2013 Holiday Book Gift Guide (Part 1)
Dec 4, 2013 3:33 pm
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The year-end lists are upon us. Over the weekend, the New York Times published its Best 100 Books of 2013, followed this afternoon by its Best 10. Squawk all you... More
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