Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sebastian Barry’s The Secret Scripture (review by Jill)

This is from what I call “The Cathy Collection.”  For the past two years my boss has been sharing her book collection with me, and she has introduced me to some of my new favorite authors, like Louise Erdrich and … Continue reading

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Finished With Lord Jim and Ready for the Funny Farm: AP Challenge Month #4 Comes to its Inevitable, Fated End (by Bethany)

Somewhere deep in my memory, right next to the place where the phone numbers of elementary school classmates are permanently inscribed, there exists the odd (and entirely erroneous) conviction that the scene from Return of the Jedi where the Ewoks … Continue reading

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AP English Challenge, Month #5: Pre-Reading Notes on Madame Bovary

All I really have to say about our plans to read Madame Bovary in October is this: IT’S NOT LORD JIM. Let me say it again: IT’S NOT LORD JIM. I mean, aren’t those just the four most beautiful words … Continue reading

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It only took me eighteen years but I can finally say, “I finished Lord Jim.” And you know what? It didn’t suck. (by Jill)

I’m actually a little bit glad my old copy of Lord Jim took a walk.  I feel like having a new copy of the book allowed me to have a fresh start without having the jumble of emotions tied up … Continue reading

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A Review of Justin Torres’ We the Animals (by Bethany)

I found this book by accident on Monday in Barnes and Noble, where I had stopped to kill time between the GRE and my acupuncture appointment. I didn’t intend to buy anything. I am moving soon, and even I can … Continue reading

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In which my thirty-five year old self accidentally comes across my teenage self. Jill’s review of Pat Conroy’s The Lords of Discipline.

These are some thoughts I jotted down one night while I was having trouble getting to sleep.  I think it’s kind of nonsense, but it’s heart-felt nonsense. I got lost tonight.  I got lost and found a version of myself … Continue reading

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A Review of Charlotte Rogan’s The Lifeboat (by Bethany)

For the last couple of weeks, my purpose of my life has been to avoid reading Lord Jim. Now don’t get me wrong: the AP English Challenge is important to me; I WILL finish Lord Jim by the end of … Continue reading

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