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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors



Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
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    Benjamin Parzybok 9781618730862

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Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen
Nature Girl

Kelly A, October 17, 2010

I've always suspected a trip to Florida would be like going to another planet and this tale would seem to support that theory.

The characters are nutty and/or mean and/or devious and/or smart but not over the top. One might run into ( or have your dinner interrupted by a call from) someone very similar.

And Hiaasen rewards the reader by making it pay off to root for the right people.
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Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Loving Frank

Kelly A, July 7, 2010

A work of fiction that tantalizes by its basis on a real story and real people with an ending I did not see coming. And an illustration of how life can be so complicated and simple at the same time.
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How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale by Jenna Jameson
How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale

Kelly A, July 4, 2010

It was sort of hard to tell truth from fiction but maybe that's the point: that Jenna's life has been so crazy it all has to be true.

And the graphic descriptions definitely take away any delusions of glamour about the porn industry.

I didn't appreciate the shot at Gloria Steinem, one of my personal heroes.

And it sad knowing the happy ending that concludes the book didn't stay that way.

But it also nice to know her latest chapter included having the children she has wanted for so long. It is hard to imagine two little boys who are loved more.
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The Saving Graces by Patricia Gaffney
The Saving Graces

Kelly A, June 10, 2010

Loaned to me by a member of my women's group, I thought it looked a little "chick litty" but I could not put it down, turned off Judge Judy to finish it.
A touching and funny depiction of friendship that is similar to Sex and the City without the product placement.
And it led me to look up the word "meretricious." I even composed a sentence using it, "Some criticize Sex and the City by calling it meretricious but one wonders if they also take some guilty pleasure in the foursome's adventures."
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Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

Kelly A, May 29, 2010

More of a series of essays about ministry to gangs in Los Angeles, Father Greg Boyle uses language much...um...saltier than I remember my Jesuit professors using.

I get lost a little when it sounds too much like a sermon but I laughed out loud..several times and was brought to tears several times.

There were lots of great quote sprinkled throughout, my favorite was:
"We are put on earth for a little space that we might learn to bear the beams of love."
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