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In Pharaoh's Army by Tobias Wolff
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I'm a great fan of Wolff's short stories and was looking for his second memoir for a while. For some reason, his books are hard to find in Canada; the Chapters monopoly carries only his most recent book (tangent). Nonetheless - the chapters in the me ...more
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Things that Fall from the Sky by Kevin Brockmeier
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Although I admire the author's ambition to experiment (and his willingness to be silly), I felt only two of the eleven stories in the collection actually worked.
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A Bit on the Side by William Trevor
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Trevor is an author I've enjoyed in anthologies and magazines a number of times, and I don't really know why it's taken me this long to read one of his collections. But now that I have - wow, oh, wow wow. In entirely accessible stories, Trevor perfor ...more
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Everyman by Philip Roth
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I actually listened to this book two years ago and read it last week (an interesting practice to compare/contrast experiences - though I prefer/recommend reading first and listening second). Anyway - a great book and that's hardly a surprise from Rot ...more
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The Stories of Richard Bausch by Richard Bausch
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The stories collected here were written over some twenty years, and so reading them together made for a fun comparison. Some of the stories are riskier than others, and some of the stories are more straight- forward ("Someone to Watch Over Me" at one ...more
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What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff
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Not what I would usually read, but Molly/Isaac will be here in 6 months, so I thought I should study up a bit. Not very compelling, but it probably isn't meant to be experienced right through from start to end. Better as reference and a source of som ...more
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The Grotesque by Patrick McGrath
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Great fun. The setting is a remote English manor and the characters are all just perverse. The master of the house is a deviant paleontologist; the lady of the house lusts after the butler; the butler may or may not have killed the daughter's fiance; ...more
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