Archive for September 2016

Family as Fiction: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Family as Fiction: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
What it must be like to read your family history, presented as fiction. Can you even imagine, turning the page on the past, only to have one of the darkest incidents of your life retold in a bestselling novel? So it goes for the Cousins’ kids in bestselling author Ann Patchett’s latest, “Commonwealth.” Set in... Read more »

2016 Banned Books Week is Here!

2016 Banned Books Week is Here!
Merry Christmas, all you literary deviants. 2016 Banned Books Week kicks off today and runs through October 1—plenty of time to pick up something perfectly subversive and read … In public; In private; To kids; and to adults. Need a few suggestions? Try some Judy Blume, John Green. J.K. Rowling. The Bible. I’ve written before... Read more »

Who Makes You Feel Special? You Do.

“Write about a time somebody made you feel special.” Pfft. Sometimes our monthly blogging group exercises feel more like therapy. And what is typically a one-hour writing exercise is more like 10 minutes in this case, as I got caught up in a phone conversation. But here goes: I can’t think of one. That’s not... Read more »
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Book Review: Invincible Summer by Alice Adams

Book Review: Invincible Summer by Alice Adams
I think she meant “invisible” instead of “invincible.” Alice Adams’ freshman effort, “Invincible Summer” is the tale of four college friends—Eva, Benedict, Sylvie and Sylvie’s brother Lucien—and follows them through a bit more than a decade afterward, as they head out on their own different paths after school is in the rear view mirror. I... Read more »

Print Beats the Pixel Again: 2016 Reading Habits

Print Beats the Pixel Again: 2016 Reading Habits
Mmmm … paper paper paper paper. I knew I wasn’t alone in my love of and preference for print. Pew Research’s latest study on Americans’ 2016 reading habits confirms this: Yes, the e-reading habit exists (although surprisingly, at least to me, not necessarily with dedicated e-readers, like a Kindle). But print remains the more popular... Read more »

Fall 2016 Book List: What to Read Now

Fall 2016 Book List: What to Read Now
Boo hoo. Beach book season is over. Woo hoo! Soccer/swim/football/hockey practice book season has begun. You might not be packing a beach bag anymore, but school’s in session. If you’re a parent, that could mean dropping off your well-intentioned and much-loved time suck at college. Free time! Or, maybe you’ve got a sporto and the... Read more »
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