Monthly Archives: March 2016

Progress Report on The Valley of Amazement and some other random stuff (by Jill)

  I got some reading done yesterday, but not as much as I would have liked. I had to do “adulting” things like vacuum the floors and organize the linen closet, as well as procure my birthday “gift” from Panera … Continue reading

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A Review of Richard Yates’ Disturbing the Peace

This is a very detailed review. This novel is character-driven and not the sort that is driven by suspense, but if you do not want to read “spoilers,” I recommend that you avoid this review. What a strange, complicated, and … Continue reading

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More Progress on Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement (by Jill)

  Seriously, you guys, Violet Minturn is the unluckiest courtesan in all of Shanghai. It’s just too much. She becomes a courtesan. Then she falls in love with an American named Edward. They have a child. They’re living together and … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

Thanks to my political addiction and to the fact that I am finally catching up with Downton  Abbey, I am almost finished with my orange child-sized rollneck sweater. (Is it bad that I am calling it my “Orange Sunshine” sweater? … Continue reading

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Progress Report on Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement (by Jill)

  And…. There’s a very good chance I was right in my last post about The Valley of Amazement when I said that when I saw the length of this book I was worried about Amy Tan having a poor … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger’s Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History (by Bethany)

Once I was in a strip joint and needed to go to the bathroom. The thing is, strip joints don’t have women’s bathrooms – or this one didn’t, anyway. When I asked a staff member, he pointed me toward the … Continue reading

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A Sunday Evening Check-In

It’s been a mellow day here at Postcards from Purgatory’s San Francisco office. Immediately upon waking I decided to abandon two books that I am reading and not enjoying (Lauren Groff’s The Monsters of Templeton and Gore Vidal’s Burr), and … Continue reading

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A Review of Thomas Mallon’s Henry and Clara (by Bethany)

When I reported in on this book last weekend, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I think I felt 100% neutral about it, actually – and neutrality is unusual for me. I didn’t quite know what to do … Continue reading

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A Rain Check

I hope you’ll all forgive me for not posting a review today. The thing is, I didn’t get started with Read-All-Day Friday until about 6:00, and then once I started I could hardly stop. And besides, we’re having a wonderfully … Continue reading

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A Brief Introduction to Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement (by Jill)

  My first thought when I picked up Amy Tan’s latest novel (her first since 2005 and was published in 2013, yes, yes, I’m way behind on my “high priority” pile) off the top of the pile a few days … Continue reading

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