Category Archives: Book Reviews

Step away from the book

In the Telegraph, Nick Hornby wonders at our insistence on reading “difficult” books: . . . we have got it into our heads that books should be hard work, and that unless they’re hard work, they’re not doing us any … Continue reading

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“Secret Society Girl,” by Diana Peterfreund

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book every since making my cyber-acquaintance with Diana earlier this year. Diana’s living the dream of every aspiring writer of commercial women’s fiction: she’s pursued publication determinedly and is now reaping the rewards … Continue reading

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“Cold Mountain,” by Charles Frazier

I finally read one of the books on the Snarkling list. And coincidentally, this is a great book for considering the so-called demarcation between literary fiction and pop fiction. Cold Mountain is most definitely literary fiction in terms of its … Continue reading

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Lit fight! Lit fight!

Via novelist Lauren Baratz-Logsted, The Huffington Post has published two bits by Rachel Sklar on the dueling anthologies This is Not Chick Lit and This is Chick Lit. Baratz-Logsted has a piece in the latter. If you haven’t had a … Continue reading

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Pick me, pick me

Via PublishersMarketplace’s PublishersLunch, here’s an interesting piece from the Chicago Sun Times about writers’ efforts to get on Oprah. Some have succeeded, most have failed, and quite a few have embarrassed themselves. Anyway, let’s hope they’re embarrassed ;-) [tags] writing, … Continue reading

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An “accidental memoirist”

Over at Bibliobuffet, Daniel M. Jaffee has an interview with Samantha Dunn. Dunn began her career as a novelist (Failing Paris) and magazine writer, but after she was badly injured falling from a horse she found herself writing her first … Continue reading

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“A Suitable Boy” by Vikram Seth

I have read “Anna Karenina” twice. The first time, however, was under the direction of an undergraduate Russian literature professor, so it might more accurately be characterized as having been taught “Anna Karenina” ;-) College was a long time ago. … Continue reading

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Dare you say a book is “bad”?

Here’s a well-realized piece about book reviews, by Ruth Franklin, in The New Republic (registration required). It ends with her review of Black Swan Green, by David Mitchell . . . [tags] book reviews [/tags]

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And now: reader reviews are crooked (yawn)

A few weeks ago, on the occasion of my birthday, I decided to buy a bottle of champagne. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, but I didn’t want to buy something icky, either. So I stood in … Continue reading

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They liked it

Another nice review of Outwitting Dogs, in this newsletter from Bangor, Maine (pdf file). The review was originally published last year, however, so I don’t think it explains last week’s Amazon bump. [tags] Outwitting Dogs [/tags]

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