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A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews
A Feast of Snakes
by Harry Crews
read in April, 2016
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‘Throw it away,’ was my first reaction while reading, but because this novel was chosen by my book group, I held on to the finish. I read-on feeling disgust as one grotesque scene after another rolled out. By the time she castrated him, I was too num ...more
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Plainsong by Kent Haruf
Plainsong (Plainsong, #1)
by Kent Haruf
read in February, 2016
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During my reading of Haruf’s novel, “Plainsong” I could hear the twang of country western melody in the background of Haruf’s heartbreaking lyrics. It’s as if while sitting in a jukebox bar, the locals drift in and out telling tales of what’s going ...more
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A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
A Moveable Feast
by Ernest Hemingway
read in October, 2011
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Three years after he died (1964), this collection of memoirs appears to be his heavily edited records from 40 years prior, during the roaring 1920’s in Paris with Scottie, Gertrude, among other ex-pats seeking artistic inspiration apré WW1. I enjoyed ...more
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The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
The Madonnas of Leningrad
by Debra Dean (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2011
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This work of historical fiction hangs in my memory like a painting. Leningrad (St. Petersburg)is under seige by the Nazis and while many fled, several caretakers of the Hermitage take up residence in the basement. Their lives as tour guides transform ...more
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Stoner by John Edward Williams
Stoner
by John Edward Williams
read in December, 2015
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‘Stoic ambivalence’ – to my reading of this novel, this is the pervasive and consistent tone within it. Whether William Stoner’s character acts or reacts, the result is inevitably a desensitized one. Hence, like a stone, he remains unchanged. He does ...more
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Lsc Siege at Ojibwa by David M. McGrath
Lsc Siege at Ojibwa
by David M. McGrath
read in September, 2015
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In my narrow view, this novella rates two stars, but because McGrath was/is an English writing teacher, a sympathetic third star lights this dim 215 page firmament. First of all, McGrath writes as if he's looking in a mirror to see how he looks while ...more
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Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
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First off, the title of “Go Set a Watchman” is as important to this novel as is “To Kill a Mockingbird’s” in laying the foundation for the novels’ themes. The ‘watchman’ is a metaphor for one’s conscience, both personal and social. We see 26 year old ...more
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The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich
The Beet Queen
by Louise Erdrich
read in July, 2015
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This is more of a confession about my neglect than a review of the novel. When Erdrich burst on the broad stage of acclaimed writers back in the 1980's, with her "Love Medicine," I sidestepped and have done so ever since then. Published in 1986, "The ...more
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Putting Out of Your Mind. Bob Rotella with Bob Cullen by Bob Rotella
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Published in 2001, I first read Dr. Rotella's "Putting Out of Your Mind" ten years ago because my putting was out of control. I was 3-putting too often due to a range of causes. After reading this brief, 167 page book of advice, my putting improved d ...more
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The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
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‘How did he know that?’ I kept asking. Finally, fifteen pages of Endnotes answered this recurring question. Author Daniel James Brown wins my gold medal for depth and breadth of research. These pages of endnotes reveal his sources for so many intimat ...more
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