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Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lauren Owen: IMG The Other Vampire



It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »

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The Children's Book (Vintage International) by A S Byatt
The Children's Book (Vintage International)

Erin H, August 30, 2013

Though very long, this Booker-shortlisted novel is a literary tapestry of imagination, mystery and history, centering around the bohemian Wellwoods in late Victorian England. The story chronicles the matriarch, a whimsical children's book author, her many children and the family friends through adventure, misfortune and tarnished reputations, from naive childhood through the devastation of World War I. Though a dense book at times, it's fantastically rewarding, engrossing and enchanting.
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Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Beautiful Ruins

Erin H, January 30, 2013

From the arms of Richard Burton in 60s Italy at the Hotel Adequate View to the plastic surgery-enhanced jowls of a washed-up producer in modern-day Hollywood, this love story intricately weaves together several disparate stories over many decades and two continents. With particular attention to historic detail (dating back as far as the Donner party), Jess Walter has written not just a timeless novel, but an undeniable argument to book a trip to Italy. Pronto.
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The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
The Art of Fielding

Erin H, January 29, 2012

Baseball and writing are both criticized as long, laborious exercises. Their similarities seem more clear thanks to this stunning first novel by Chad Harbach. As Harbach describes the concentration, precision and attention that his protagonist, Henry, lends to the sport, it is easier to see how he himself could have spent a decade crafting the personalities and strangling life courses that wind together at a small Midwestern liberal arts school. Beautiful debut.
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