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Substitute Me by Lori L. Tharps
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Jun 12, 10

A very readable tale of a black woman nannying for a white couple and feeling guilty about failing to meet her parents' expectations. The story is compelling, and Tharps has interesting and subtle things to say about race, but the prose is bad. On every other page, someone "tries to keep a straight face," for example. And Tharps needs to commit to memory this part of Strunk and White: "Inexperienced writers not only overwork their adverbs but load their attributives with explanatory verbs: 'he consoled,' 'she congratulated.' They do this, apparently, in the belief that the word said is always in need of support, or because they have been told to do it by experts in the art of bad writing."

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message 1: by Anne (new)

Anne I won't read the book, but I love your review (as always!).

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