Monthly Archives: July 2012

I wish I could come up with pithy titles for my reviews, but I can’t. My Review of Stephen Dau’s The Book of Jonas (by Jill)

This book came to me as part of Powell’s Books Indiespensible book club—every six weeks they send members a new book, focusing on books from independent publishing houses.  This was my first shipment.  The Book of Jonas is not a … Continue reading

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A Review of Karen Russell’s Swamplandia! (by Bethany)

I knew even before I opened this novel that it wasn’t going to be my sort of thing. I never would have read it at all if one of my book clubs wasn’t reading it. First of all, there is … Continue reading

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Not All Vampires are Creepy and Boring: A Review of Deborah Harkness’ Shadow of Night, In Which Bethany Learns an Important Lesson about Tolerance

It’s official: I was totally born with the vampire gene. I love vampires. I would love nothing more than to be preternaturally controlled by some creepy immortal dude with sharp teeth and a deeply-rooted guilt complex. In fact, even way … Continue reading

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Because I Was Jealous of How Many Google Hits Jill Got When She Reviewed an Anne Rice Book: A Review of Interview with the Vampire (by Bethany)

It’s official: I was born without the vampire gene. I don’t get it. I don’t find vampires “erotic” (I didn’t even know that they were supposed to be erotic until about four years ago when I read about it in … Continue reading

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A Review of David Leavitt’s The Indian Clerk (by Bethany)

The more literature I read and the more history I study, the more I realize just how pervasive the Pygmalion story is in Western culture. I see it not only in My Fair Lady and Pinocchio and Stranger in a … Continue reading

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The AP English Challenge, Month #3: Pre-Reading Notes on Faulkner’s Light in August (by Bethany)

I have only been to Oxford, Mississippi once. My friend Tara and I arrived early on a hot spring afternoon and began to circle around the city’s iconic square, eager to eat some good food and browse in the famous … Continue reading

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No Penalty for Lateness in the AP English Challenge: Some Long Overdue Final Thoughts on Measure for Measure (by Bethany)

So here’s what happens in Measure for Measure: A man with a reputation for perfect integrity and ironclad morals is placed in a position of power. Soon thereafter, he initiates detailed conversations about porn stars with a female subordinate and … Continue reading

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