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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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Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball
Aug 11, 2014 11:49 am
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Remember the pitcher Dock Ellis?

I have always read a lot of baseball books, and lately I've been reading even more, trying to learn all I can about the world... More
SJSU Center for Steinbeck Studies to Honor Author Khaled Hosseini on Weds Sept 10
Aug 18, 2014 11:59 am
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One of the highlights of my job as director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State is the annual ... More
David Rakoff's Last Work
Nov 25, 2013 1:04 pm
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David Rakoff, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish (Doubleday, 2013)

Here's a thought experiment for you writers out there: Imagine you were dying... 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
Turning to a Life of Crime (The Story of a Novel, Part 2)
Feb 18, 2014 1:01 pm
Comments: 1 | Views: 6,329

In my last post I explained how I went to India and came back with a novel about the... More
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