Category Archives: Fiction – general

A Review of Jen Lancaster’s The Best of Enemies (by Jill)

  After reading Twisted Sisters last year, I was worried that I would not enjoy any more of Jen Lancaster’s fiction, but I decided to try again. And you know what? I actually really liked The Best of Enemies. Is … Continue reading

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A Review of Olivia Manning’s School for Love

This novel is about Felix, a British boy whose mother has just died. Felix and his mother lived in Baghdad back when Iraq was a British colony, so Felix, whose father is also deceased, has to make a long journey … Continue reading

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A Review of Cecilia Ekbäck’s Wolf Winter (by Jill)

  Wolf Winter has the odd distinction of being both the last book I started in 2016 and the first book I finished in 2017. It often annoys me if the last book/first book spends too much time on either … Continue reading

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A Review of Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad

The greatest trick Colson Whitehead ever pulled was convincing this bookblogger that he had written a realistic novel. Yes, yes, I know that the fact the railroad in this novel is a literal series of tracks running under the nineteenth-century … Continue reading

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A Review of Andre Dubus’ The Lieutenant

My reading goal for 2017 is to read more of what I call “quietly good” fiction. By this I mean stories that are well told but in traditional ways. I’m taking a moratorium on shifting point of view for a … Continue reading

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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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