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I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
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The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis
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WTF, Evolution?! by Mara Grunbaum
" this book is hilarity.

by now you should know how i feel about the weird shit nature has put out there for us to enjoy. in case you don't know - i love it. i loooove it. so this book is a glorious gift to my sensibilities. and it's apparently also... " Read more of this review »
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
David Copperfield
by Charles Dickens
read in July, 2014
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Dickens has mommy issues.

Started strong, and I *loved* Aunt Betsey (and Mr. Dick, and Tommy Traddles, and in fact didn't mind David Copperfield himself), but the (many) endings, and the really mixed bag of female characters who ranged from selfish an...more
Jennifer (aka EM) is on page 469 of 974 of David Copperfield: David Copperfield becomes a writer on p. 469. He experiences his first betrayal and the veil of gullibility and naivete is lifted. He is able to see peoples' true motivations - in all their ugliness and stark reality - objectively for the very first time. Unusually subtle, and beautifully rendered, by Dickens.
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"hahah, yeah - that is Munro's special genius, isn't it? Packing into a short story the wallop of a novel (or six).

I think by 'easy' - maybe a refineme...more
"five years?!? OMG FIVE YEARS?!? "
Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
Breathing Lessons
by Anne Tyler
read in August, 2009
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This is a wonderful, quiet but powerful book, with very rich characterization and an interesting structure. It uses a condensed "day-in-the-life" timeline divided into three parts. The first part is the drive to the funeral that Maggie and Ira attend...more
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Margaret Atwood
“I learned about religion the way most children learned about sex, [in the schoolyard]. . . . They terrified me by telling me there was a dead man in the sky watching everything I did and I retaliated by explaining where babies came from. Some of their mothers phoned mine to complain, though I think I was more upset than they were: they didn't believe me but I believed them.”
Margaret Atwood, Surfacing

Doris Lessing
“Yet I am incapable of writing the only kind of novel which interests me: a book powered with an intellectual or moral passion strong enough to create order, to create a new way of looking at life. It is because I am too diffused. I have decided never to write another novel. I have fifty 'subjects' I could write about; and they would be competent enough. If there is one thing we can be sure of, it is that competent and informative novels will continue to pour from the publishing houses. I have only one, and the least important, of the qualities necessary to write at all, and that is curiosity. It is the curiosity of the journalist.”
Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

Emily Brontë
“I certainly esteem myself a steady, reasonable kind of body ... not exactly from living among the hills, and seeing one set of faces, and one series of actions, from year's end to year's end: but I have undergone sharp discipline which has taught me wisdom; and then, I have read more than you would fancy.”
Emily Brontë

George Eliot
“To most mortals there is a stupidity which is unendurable and a stupidity which is altogether acceptable — else, indeed, what would become of social bonds?”
George Eliot, Middlemarch

T.S. Eliot
“For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.”
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

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