Monthly Archives: March 2015

French Women Don’t Read Self-Help Books: Introducing a Mini-Marathon

I’ve had some job interviews in my life lately, bringing with them the attendant excitement and stress (and also the attendant stress eating and insomnia). I’m enjoying The Buried Giant (and will finish it tomorrow, I promise!), but when I … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

A couple of weeks ago I posted a photo that looked almost exactly like this one; the sweater in that photo is DONE. This one should be done in the next day or two and both sweaters will be heading … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the First Half of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant (by Bethany)

This novel is about that time in the sixth century A.D. when the whole world got Alzheimer’s. I’ll explain: this novel opens at an underground warren somewhere in the geographical region we would call the British Isles. The warren is … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Joan Lindsay’s Picnic at Hanging Rock (by Bethany)

This novel is set in Australia in the summer of 1900. At its outset, the students and staff members of Appleyard College are preparing for a picnic, and one gets the sense that this picnic is the most exciting break … Continue reading

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Why can’t every weekend be as reading productive as this weekend? Final thoughts on The Giver and The Road Home (by Jill)

              I finished two whole books this weekend! I never do that. I’m not sure if it was these books in particular that pushed me on, or my desire to have some stuff to … Continue reading

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A Review of Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures (by Bethany)

This book was everywhere for a while. I know that I resisted its pull for a long time before I bought a copy. I was intrigued, but this was maybe 10-12 years ago and I knew myself to be very … Continue reading

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Progress Report on Lois Lowry’s The Giver (by Jill)

  I’m reading this book for a few reasons: first, my friend Lauren recommended I read The Giver and its sequels; second, I got a new Kindle Paperwhite as an early birthday gift and I wanted to read a book … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

Jill’s scarf is coming along nicely, and this photo finally does the colors justice. I am reading Ben Tarnoff’s The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers who Reinvented American Literature. I’ve only read about 40 pages but am … Continue reading

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Initial thoughts on Rose Tremain’s The Road Home, as well as a reading technology update (by Jill)

  It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to read after finishing The Best of McSweeney’s. I usually have a plan, and this time I really didn’t. I usually read one of my boss Cathy’s booksm, … Continue reading

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A Review of Jennifer Miller’s The Year of the Gadfly (by Bethany)

Books often present adolescent angst as more organized than it actually is. Books for and about teenagers are full of secret societies, secret passageways in the bowels of high schools, passwords and codes that are passed along through the years … Continue reading

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