Monthly Archives: December 2014

Thoughts on Richard Wright’s Black Boy (by Bethany)

Over the last month or so I have sent myself back to school, thanks to the wonders of the internet and the Yale Open Courses program. If you’re the type (like me) who sometimes misses the academic atmosphere of college … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

Sigh – I always feel a little bit like a waste of oxygen when I start a Yarn Along post and then realize that the post preceding it is also a Yarn Along post – meaning that I haven’t posted … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

Sometimes I worry that my Yarn Along photos are a little deceptive. By photographing my knitting and the book I’m reading side by side, am I suggesting that I knit and read at the same time? I hope not, because … Continue reading

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A Review of Gin Phillips’ The Well and the Mine (by Bethany)

If themes and character types could be protected as intellectual property, Harper Lee would be a billionaire. To Kill a Mockingbird has got to be the most-scavenged, most-cribbed novel in the world, or at least in the United States. To … Continue reading

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A Review of Allegra Goodman’s Paradise Park (by Bethany)

There is no earthly reason for me to like this book. It’s a voice-heavy, first-person narrative with lots of interior monologue and a semi-picaresque plot and a protagonist who makes a lot of really stupid mistakes. Just to be clear, … Continue reading

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And I’m spent…. Final thoughts on Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. (by Jill)

  Finally finished The Goldfinch yesterday afternoon and I’ve been resetting my brain by playing solitaire ever since. No, not the whole time. This book was a roller coaster—it made me feel almost every emotion I can think of at … Continue reading

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