Category Archives: Fiction – Important Award Winners

A Review of Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars

Two of my tutoring clients were assigned this book for summer reading, so of course it ended up on my reading list as well. If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, you may have noticed that I have … Continue reading

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Final thoughts on John Williams’ Augustus (by Jill)

Remember how on Tuesday I said that we never get to have Augustus’ voice tell us anything in the novel? Well, guess what Part III of the book is? That’s right, it’s Augustus Caesar’s final letter, written to his friend … Continue reading

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This is supposed to be a progress report on John Williams’ Augustus, but I have a feeling it’s going to turn into me feeling sorry for myself because I’m far away from home and getting a cold. (by Jill)

  Here’s the deal. I have about fifty pages to go in Augustus, and I really, really want to finish it before I write a post about it, but I need to talk about something tonight. I’ve been whining in … Continue reading

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A Review of Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See (by Jill)

Long before this book became the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner, to me it was a book with a pretty cover that Powell’s Indiespensible book club sent me. And then it was everywhere. And continues to be, over a year after … Continue reading

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Identity Theft, North Korean Style: Final Thoughts on Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son (by Bethany)

If I wanted to be cynical (and I often do, though not necessarily right now), I would say that anyone who wants to write fiction about North Korea should follow these four easy steps: Read 1984, Change some names around … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Part I of Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son (by Bethany)

At first my plan was not to write a progress report on this book, since there are all kinds of complexities going on and I am not 100% sure what is “real” (within the framework of the fictional novel) and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Phil Klay’s Redeployment (With More to Come Soon) – by Bethany

Tonight’s post is going to be brief. Today I read the first three-fifths of Phil Klay’s Redeployment in more or less the same manner that I first read its literary big brother, The Things They Carried – which is to … Continue reading

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