Monthly Archives: November 2016

A Review of Dave Eggers’ A Hologram for the King

In this novel, protagonist Alan Clay is a salesman facing bankruptcy and ruin who travels to Saudi Arabia with the goal of selling a hologram (and the larger business package that goes with it) to King Abdullah. This novel is … Continue reading

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A Review of J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

On the one hand, reacting to the Trump victory by immediately reading a bunch of books about poor people is a condescending and despicable thing to do. I feel a little dirty about it, honestly. On the other hand, the … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

It’s official: no one cares about book blogs in Trump’s America. I’m exaggerating a little, of course. After all, you’re here. But the fact is that our daily page views are lower than they’ve been since the pre-Outlander years. For … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

I’m just a few chapters into Hari Kunzru’s Gods Without Men, and I’m loving it. I’ve wanted to read this novel ever since it was published four-ish years ago, but the first chapter is sort of a meditation on some … Continue reading

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A Review of Laurie R. King’s The Beekeeper’s Apprentice; Or, On the Segregation of the Queen

This is the first installment in a series about a young woman who becomes Sherlock Holmes’ apprentice and, later, his lover and wife. The fact that Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character is pooh-poohed at the beginning of the novel, … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

Here’s a quick photo of the folded-up Obnoxiously Orange scarf, which is getting so long it’s hard to fit the whole thing into a photo. The book in the photo is oversized as well. In addition to some silliness on … Continue reading

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