Monthly Archives: August 2014

Final thoughts on Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings (by Jill)

So here is a downside of e-readers. Remember on Saturday night when I thought I was 80% of the way through this book? It was more like 95% of the way through the actual novel, and the rest of the … Continue reading

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Progress Report on Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings (by Jill)

  I am going to keep this brief because I would really like to finish this book before I go back to work tomorrow morning. And based on my mental calculations, I can finish the book, or write a real … Continue reading

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At long last, it gives me great pleasure to type the following: Final Thoughts on Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (by Jill)

I finished The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay today! It was an amazing book, and I still can’t find anything to complain about in Chabon’s writing style. It was a fantastic, well-plotted, well-characterized historical fiction novel. I laughed, I … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

I kind of enjoyed my two weeks without my cell phone. I did have my old one reactivated for emergencies, but I hardly ever brought it anywhere. I enjoyed the feeling, once so familiar, that my time was my own … Continue reading

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A Review of Norman F. Cantor’s In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World it Made (by Bethany)

The interconnection of history and science is one of my favorite topics to read about. I took a memorable interdisciplinary course in college called ‘Plagues, Science, and the Humanistic Vision,” and I’ve also taken a fair number of literature classes … Continue reading

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Recent Acquisitions (by Bethany)

I know – you probably haven’t spent all weekend worrying about my no-book-buying challenge. But as you may remember, I have made a commitment to mostly stop buying books – and to make exceptions for good reasons, which you can … Continue reading

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True confessions Saturday (by Jill)

  I’ve done “True Confessions Tuesday” and “True Confessions Thursday” before. I’ve never done one on a Saturday before, probably because it doesn’t have quite as good a ring to it. So my confession is this: I’m tired of writing … Continue reading

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An Update on Robinson Crusoe (by Bethany)

So today I am here to tell you about pp. 56-90 (in the Modern Library Edition) of Robinson Crusoe. These pages are a little on the churchy side. By now, young Bob Crusoe (who has no one around to call … Continue reading

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Warning: This Post Contains First-World Problems (by Bethany)

This is what the inside of my brain has looked like all week (except with less organization and more rhapsodies about chocolate croissants): PROS of going back to work full time as a teacher and school administrator: CONS of going … Continue reading

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Update on Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (by Jill)

I’ve really been enjoying the middle portion of this book. Events are progressing towards the book’s climax at a rapid clip, and Sammy and Joe are both fairly happy, which is never a good thing in plot-driven literary fiction. I … Continue reading

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