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Valentine's Day is a most appropriate occasion to proclaim my love for literature. And although I am one of those lovers of the written word whose desire to know one's beloved means reading widely ...
by bookgirl
Comment Count 60 comments on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 07:00 PM PST with 49 Recommends
This year's Man Booker Prize is the first since a rule change allowed novelists from nations other than Great Britain and the Commonwealth to be considered as the top British novel of the year. And ...
by bookgirl
Comment Count 38 comments on Tue Sep 16, 2014 at 05:00 PM PDT with 43 Recommends
Margaret Atwood's novels can be described as tales of three types of struggle: women v. men ( The Handmaid's Tale ), women v. women ( Cat's Eye ) and life on this planet v. multinational ...
by bookgirl
Comment Count 67 comments on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 05:00 PM PDT with 38 Recommends
A previously unpublished story by Shirley Jackson, found in her papers that were donated to the Library of Congress, can be found in the current Winter Reading issue of Tin House (Vol. 15, No. 2). ...
by bookgirl
Comment Count 20 comments on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 05:00 PM PST with 33 Recommends
In the early '70s, after the break-up of the century, John Lennon spent a lot of breath badmouthing the Beatles. Finally an interviewer asked him, "Is there anything you miss about the Beatles?" ...
by Brecht
Comment Count 73 comments on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 05:08 PM PST with 30 Recommends
Walking through the kitchen door, I heard a splintering crash. And then a keen, low, anguished cry. My mother was backed up to the sink, trembling, breathing heavily. My father was standing a few ...
by bookgirl
Comment Count 36 comments on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 07:00 PM PDT with 28 Recommends
Of all the members of the Lost Generation, the one who claimed the biggest piece of hearts of certain readers of a certain age was Zelda Fitzgerald. After Zelda , Nancy Milford's biography was ...
by bookgirl
Comment Count 42 comments on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 07:00 PM PDT with 28 Recommends
Another week trying to lose myself in contemporary literature, but I cannot block out current events. My book world and the real world collided recently when Jacqueline Woodson, one of the most ...
by bookgirl
Comment Count 19 comments on Tue Dec 02, 2014 at 05:00 PM PST with 27 Recommends
Some people have rules for reading. They only read certain genres, they won't read other genres. they don't like fiction told through a second-person point of view (this is one of my hang-ups; if I ...
by bookgirl
Comment Count 52 comments on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 05:00 PM PDT with 27 Recommends
When A.S. Byatt was a young child, she spent hours reading about the bloody fate that befell the Norse gods. Since she was reading while WWII was raging, it's no wonder the myth and the war drew ...
by bookgirl
Comment Count 20 comments on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 07:00 PM PDT with 26 Recommends
Hi everyone! I used to contribute diaries on a weekly basis until work and other real life matters took over for a spell. But I've missed you and missed working through my ideas about books by ...
by bookgirl
Comment Count 35 comments on Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 05:00 PM PDT with 25 Recommends
Life has the capacity, even if we don't seek thrills and constant activity, to be hectic and stressful. Personal, professional and societal/cultural concerns can all add up to a cacophony of discord ...
by bookgirl
Comment Count 37 comments on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 05:00 PM PST with 25 Recommends
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami is one odd novel. It's one of those odd novels that is far too long but that, once the end is in sight, a reader may not want to end. That's because in Book 3, Murakami ...
by bookgirl
Comment Count 18 comments on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 07:00 PM PDT with 25 Recommends
The war tried to kill us in the spring. As grass greened the plains of Nineveh and the weather warmed, we patrolled the low-slung hills beyond the cities and towns. We moved over them and through ...
by bookgirl
Comment Count 33 comments on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 07:00 PM PDT with 24 Recommends
You get to thinking how books come to you. You wonder what makes you pick up this volume, put that one down. As the year draws to its close you review the books you’ve read in your mind or let ...
by Limelite
Comment Count 30 comments on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:00 PM PST with 24 Recommends
The narrator of a novel usually, although not always, also is the protagonist. It's the ultimate "it's all about me" kind of storytelling, epitomized by David Copperfield in the novel by Charles ...
by bookgirl
Comment Count 64 comments on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 07:00 PM PDT with 24 Recommends
We all have comfort reads, or at least seek out certain types of books, especially to fit certain moods. But some of my most rewarding reading experiences have come from allowing a willingness to ...
by bookgirl
Comment Count 49 comments on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 05:00 PM PDT with 23 Recommends
The Nobel committee for literature managed to surprise me last week with the award of the prize to Canadian treasure Alice Munro. Her stories have been a marvel to me ever since coming across The ...
by bookgirl
Comment Count 27 comments on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 05:00 PM PDT with 23 Recommends
Time, our place in time and our place within a social structure are focused on in Ruth Ozeki’s Man Booker Prize long-listed novel, A Tale for the Time Being . What gives the novel its ...
by bookgirl
Comment Count 28 comments on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 05:00 PM PDT with 23 Recommends
One of the hallmarks about contemporary Southern fiction that I've been drawn to is its depiction of family dynamics. Relatives are an important part of much fiction by authors in other areas, but ...
by bookgirl
Comment Count 27 comments on Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 07:00 PM PST with 23 Recommends