Tag Archives: american literature

Shells, Hearts, Boarding, and Someone’s Typing Up my Thoughts: Elizabeth George’s Believing the Lie; Eudora Welty’s The Ponder Heart; Saul Bellow’s Dangling Man; Muriel Spark’s The Comforters

Dear Reader: This will be a catch-up post of a grab bag of this week’s books. 502)  Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George, 2012 (hard copy, library) I’ve read every book George has every written.  She’s one of just a few living writers (also Alice Munro, Sue Miller) about whom I can say this. Inspector …

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Tarpon, Angels, and Snowballs: Kate Chopin’s The Awakening; Billy Collins’ Questions about Angels; and Miller Williams’ Listen

Dear Reader: Lots of wind, some snow flakes today and yesterday and plenty of “candid sunlight.” That’s April for you. 256) The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 1899 (hard copy) Edna Pontellier is married to Alphonse (“Leonce”) with two young boys. A lovely young woman, she summers on Grand Isle, an island in Southern Louisiana (and …

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The Great Dark Wings of a Hurricane: Helen R. Hull’s Last September

Dear Reader: From the shores of the big lake…. Our Copper Country weather today is seasonal – 40 F, damp, and foggy. My sour cherry tree considers the odds Buds are bulging, songbirds singing, sparrows trying to build a nest in the side of my house where one of the insulation plugs fell out – …

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8 Months, 14 Days or 258 Days, 3 Hours, 18 Minutes, 38 Seconds

Dear Reader: It has been 8 months, 14 days since I started this blog on July 17, 2011.  Seems like a good time to take stock! Reading Spot Central When I started, my goal was to a) limit myself to buying no more than 20 books in a year, b) read my own books at …

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Making It to the Top: The Big 2-0-0…

Dear Reader: Jillian has started a great new Classics Club over at Room of One’s Own.  Yay Classics!  And sorry – I accidentally hit publish when I meant to hit save draft – email subscribers, note that this post is/was not done… The idea is that you set a personal goal of reading a certain …

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Five Stories by Willa Cather

Dear Reader: In choosing how to move on after Trollope, I picked a few things from my shelves: Willa Cather’s #124 Five Stories (I somehow missed listing it when I started my list) and #3 Death Comes to the Archbishop; #125 de Balzac Pere Goriot. I’ve been in the mood for classics (although I just …

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Yiyun Li’s A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

Dear Reader: I have finished #65 (HC) Yiyun Li’s A Thousand Years of Good Prayers! Yiyun grew up in Beijing, attended Peking University (the Harvard of China) and immigrated to the US.  This seems to be her first book. The stories bridge the gap between China and the U.S., often through individuals who have left …

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My Reading Life: Three New Books

Dear Reader: I took my books to trade in at Snowbound Books yesterday.  They took some of them and gave me $35 in trade. I found three new books: 56) One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty (HC, Harvard Press, 1983). I’m bolding books bought this year.   This is an autobiography.  I tend to think …

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My Reading Life: How Many Books?

Dear Reader: I’m starting week three of this blog.  Thank you to all of you who are reading, commenting upon, and linking to my blog!  I’ve enjoyed making new book fiend friends. This blog has been my first foray into blogdom and I’m having a lot of fun.  It continues to motivate me to make …

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The List

Dear Reader: These are the books that I will read this year. Once I have begun reading them, I will link to blog posts about them. When I have finished them, I will indicate this with a “Yes!” (this is my reinforcer word for training Gus – I use it to tell him he’s done …

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