Category Archives: Books and Reading

Reading My Brilliant Friend

The cover of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend shows a bride in an elegant white gown standing a little behind a man in a dark suit – evidently her groom – and trailed by three young girls in matching fancy … Continue reading

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Hugos, literary merit, and the cool bits

Okay, the Hugos are over, which most of the world has not noticed, but in the always-boiling teapot of SF and F, it’s been a long, tense year. The only mention of Sad Puppies (and not-sad puppies) is right here, … Continue reading

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Resolution or Payoffs

A couple weeks ago, in my post on the writer/reader contract, many commenters hit on the importance of resolution. It’s not exactly a surprise that resolution—payoff—is a crucial component to the reading experience for a lot of us, and becomes exponentially … Continue reading

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An Easter Egg Hunt in August?

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Don’t ask me why, because I have no idea why. The heat? The phase of the moon? A lost bet? Nope. All I know is that I have hidden six Easter eggs in the Book View Café store. And I’m … Continue reading

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A Personal Take on Go Set a Watchman

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A Personal Take on Go Set a Watchman by Ursula K. Le Guin Harper Lee’s “new” book starts out wonderfully. Its young author had a sure touch and a light hand. It is entertaining, vivid, funny, dry. It begins to … Continue reading

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The Writer/Reader Contract

      Someone once said that the writer-reader contract is more intimate than marriage: one is willing, even eager, to take into their head someone else’s thoughts. How much more intimate can you get?* Is contract another word for … Continue reading

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Bibliotherapy, the Russ Pledge, and Toni Morrison

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Bibliotherapy – dealing with your crises and angst in life by reading appropriate books – sounds like a wonderful idea. Many people I know have “self-medicated” by reading something powerful over the years. So The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to … Continue reading

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Summer Illness, Reading Joy

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My summer began in a rather inauspicious manner with a round of bronchitis that lasted the better part of 3 weeks. Long story, the highlights of which are a history of previous episodes, the discovery that I am highly allergic … Continue reading

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The Salon: Blogging for the Posh

I was rereading Benedetta Craveri‘s  biography,  Madame du Deffand and her World, and when I hit the chapter about her St. Joseph’s convent salon, the parallels between the eighteenth century French salons and the evolving blogosphere gave me this mental … Continue reading

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Let the Good Times (and Reviews) Roll
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Okay, I’m going to take my blog spot today to crow just a bit about early responses to my Bird Street Books collaboration, Devil’s Daughter: Lucinda’s Pawnshop, Book One. (With Hope Schenk-de Michele and Paul Marquez.) I’m especially pleased with reviews … Continue reading

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