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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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Colons, Thunder Dogs, Gender, and Sexuality: Helen R. Hull’s Labyrinth, Last September; Borowitz’s An Unexpected Twist; Hingson’s Thunder Dog

Dear Reader: This will be another catch up post where I talk about a number of books and stories that I’ve read in the last couple weeks…. #413) An Unexpected Twist by Andy Borowitz (kindle single) Kindle singles are long essays: somewhere between book and essay length, like a novella.  Amazon has issued 169 of …

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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 I wrapped up #125 Five Stories by Willa Cather last night. The Best Years by Willa Cather This is the last short story that Cather ever wrote.  It is a sweet, sad story about a young prairie teacher, her family, and the school superintendent who is responsible for her school.  Miss Knightly is …

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Neighbor Rosicky by Willa Cather

Dear Reader: I’m continuing with the five short stories/novellas in Cather’s #125 Five Stories.  I skipped Tom Outland’s Story as it came from The Professor’s House (a story within a novel) that I read fairly recently.  Neighbor Rosicky focuses upon a doctor and his patient, farmer Rosicky.  Rosicky has been told by his friend and …

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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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Elizabeth Bowen: Her life and short stories (continued)

Dear Reader: I’m continuing reading from 12) The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen and 15) Elizabeth Bowen: Portrait of a Writer by Victoria Glendinning (I number books by the order listed in my blog).  Perhaps this is true of most writers, but the more I know about Bowen’s life, the more I see parallels in …

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