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Pride and Prejudice
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Janet Gardner Janet Gardner said: "My husband and I are currently reading this aloud to one another. (It's a re-read for me, a first-time read for him.) "

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The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan
The Kitchen God's Wife
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Confessions of a Pagan Nun by Kate Horsley
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A short novel and a quick read. It takes the form of a personal confession, penned on the sly, by Gwynneve, a woman raised as a pagan but now living as a Christian nun, one of 19 guardians of St. Brigit’s flame in the turbulent days when Christianity...more
This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important. Gary Provost
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The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver
The End of the Point
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This book had so much potential, but it really fell flat for me. It’s the story of three generations of the Porter family and their relationship with the little spit of land where they summer in southeastern Massachusetts, Ashaunt Point (a slightly f...more
Janet Gardner is reading Confessions of a Pagan Nun: Picked this up at the library sale--looks interesting.
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Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon
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As a young English major (in the late cretaceous period), I was told in no uncertain terms that the job of a writer was to work very hard to make his or her work look effortless. The concept of showing one’s work--if I ever did like it, which I don’t...more
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Coffee for Roses by C.L. Fornari
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I was totally charmed by this little book (and not just because I know and like the author). Some of the garden myths she cracks open are ones I've fallen prey to--like putting rocks in the bottom of planters or using Epsom salts as fertilizer. Other...more
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“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.”
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“It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly. ”
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