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Cathy Chapman, October 20, 2006

To me, this quirky novel reads more like a memoir. Among various random thoughts, protaganist Howie muses about escalators, straws, ice cube trays, and why "after two years my right and left shoelaces could fail less than two days apart." Howie devotes pages and pages to shoelaces, shoe tying technique, friction on shoelaces caused by shoetying and walking....

The novel includes frequent and lengthy footnotes. Yes, footnotes! For example, in the footnote that begins on page 121 and ends on page 123 (Vintage ed.)--"... footnotes are the only form of graphic digression sanctioned by centuries of typesetters. And yet the MLA Style Sheet I owned in college warned against lengthy, "essay-like" footnotes. Were they NUTS? Where is scholarship going? (They have removed this blemish on later editions)."

The Mezzanine is definitely not your average novel!
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Cathy Chapman, October 20, 2006

To me, this quirky novel reads more like a memoir. Among various random thoughts, protaganist Howie muses about escalators, straws, ice cube trays, and why "after two years my right and left shoelaces could fail less than two days apart." Howie devotes pages and pages to shoelaces, shoe tying technique, friction on shoelaces caused by shoetying and walking....

The novel includes frequent and lengthy footnotes. Yes, footnotes! For example, in the footnote that begins on page 121 and ends on page 123 (Vintage ed.)--"... footnotes are the only form of graphic digression sanctioned by centuries of typesetters. And yet the MLA Style Sheet I owned in college warned against lengthy, "essay-like" footnotes. Were they NUTS? Where is scholarship going? (They have removed this blemish on later editions)."

The Mezzanine is definitely not your average novel!

This was Baker's first novel, and has been reprinted several times. Purchase this copy to own your own 1st edition!
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Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews
Murder With Peacocks

Cathy Chapman, October 14, 2006

Murder, With Peacocks is the first in the thoroughly enjoyable Meg Langslow mystery series. Blacksmith Meg Lanslow returns to her small Virginia home to play maid of honor for not one, but THREE summer weddings. Not one of the weddings is likely to be "normal"-- her mother is one of the brides to be, her business partner wants ALL 600 GUESTS to wear Renaissance attire for the wedding, and her brothers' fiance plans to have peacocks strolling the grounds to add that perfect decorative touch. Add a dash (ok, more like several dollops) of certifiable relatives. And of course, fowl play! To quote a smidgen of a review from Kirkus: "half Jane Austen, half battery acid."
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The Brief History of the Dead: A Novel by Kevin Brockmeier
The Brief History of the Dead: A Novel

Cathy Chapman, September 23, 2006

Brockmeier has created a world very similar to the world we know, only it is entirely populated by the Dead. The length that a person stays in this world is apparently determined by the "Living's" memories of loved ones, friends, and even total strangers. A world-wide pandemic is changing everything...
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Time and Again by Jack Finney
Time and Again

Cathy Chapman, September 23, 2006

I like this so much that I have literally read this time and again, and have recommended this to friends and family. My reading group read this at my suggestion, and everyone enjoyed it. The historic photographs and illustrations really add to the believability and enjoyment of the story. Highly recommended!
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