Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Review of Lucy Grealy’s Autobiography of a Face (by Bethany)

Once again I’ve violated my rule about not reading books about dying children. In Lucy Grealy’s extremely well-written memoir Autobiography of a Face, the part that actually involves a dying child isn’t even the bleakest part of Grealy’s story. This … Continue reading

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A Review of Michael Cunningham’s The Snow Queen (by Bethany)

Michael Cunningham has long been on the list of writers I respect, although I realized this week that I have only ever enjoyed one of his novels (The Hours, of course). I’ve started several others (Specimen Days, Flesh and Blood, … Continue reading

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A Review of Emmanuel Guibert’s How the World Was: A California Childhood (by Bethany)

Emmanuel Guibert’s How the World Was: A California Childhood is only the second graphic novel I have ever read. The first was Marjane Satrapi’s The Complete Persepolis. I loved it, and I remember that I was sort of shell-shocked when … Continue reading

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A Review of Richard Rodriguez’s Days of Obligation: An Argument with my Mexican Father (by Bethany)

Richard Rodriguez’s memoir Hunger of Memory has been a favorite of mine ever since I first read it as a freshman in college. The American-born son of Mexican immigrants, Rodriguez wrote in that book about juggling two cultures: the close-knit, … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

Last week I spoke too soon about the toddler-sized Ugly Christmas Sweater I was making. Part of the problem is that I was trying to design it as I went, but the bottom line is that I need a lesson … Continue reading

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A Brief Review of Sebastian Barry’s Annie Dunne (by Jill)

This is another of my boss’s books that she has given to me to read.  I’ve only had this one sitting around my house for about two and a half years.  Recently I gave her back a book she loaned … Continue reading

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A Review of Susanna Kaysen’s Cambridge (by Bethany)

Through no conscious design of my own, I appear to have been reading a lot of books lately that walk the shifting line between memoir and autobiographical fiction. I am aware, of course, that to a writer of either of … Continue reading

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