Monthly Archives: January 2017

Thoughts on Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist

It’s possible that I was the last English teacher on earth who hadn’t read The Alchemist. When did this book become so omnipresent on 9th grade reading lists? Many students list it as a favorite, and it’s not surprising that … Continue reading

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A Review of Anthony Marra’s The Tsar of Love and Techno (by Jill)

  My boss brought me this book to borrow a few months ago. I had to tell her that I had already bought it but hadn’t read it. This sort of thing annoys her—wasting paper and money (in that order) … Continue reading

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My First Official Literary Insight of 2017 is as follows: I like real Victorian novels better than fake Victorian novels. More soon. Like tomorrow soon!

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A Review of Orson Scott Card’s Magic Street

Reading this book last week sounded like such a great idea at the time. I was away at a writing residency, living by myself in a tiny cottage on a hilltop (it was wonderful!!), and I was reading two very … Continue reading

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A Review of Khaled Hosseini’s And The Mountains Echoed

When I ranted a few weeks ago against Gods without Men and against the use of multiple points of view in general, part of my touchiness had to do with the fact that at the time I was reading And the … Continue reading

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