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The Dog of the South by Charles Portis
The Dog of the South

MPauline, October 21, 2014

Full of modest riches of language, attentiveness, and sympathy....Portis is truly one-of-a-kind and his characters Midge, Dupree, Norma, Reo, and the rest take on their own shimmering, hilarious, wild life as we follow them from the Arkansas line down into Texas and into Central America.
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Almost Famous by David Small
Almost Famous

MPauline, March 7, 2013

I read this with four weeks to go till Opening Day. Published in 1982, Almost Famous is something of a forgotten baseball novel but, as these things tend to be, also about a Natural taken out of the game by the mystic workings of fate and a film noir woman, here named Bluette Fingers. The pace is slow, exhaustive (there are detailed descriptions of roofing, sorting peanuts at a peanut butter factory, washing out socks and hanging up khaki pants, the items in a clam bake, etc.), but it grows on you. Particularly a charming read for those who love Maine and/or the Red Sox.
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The Left Hand of Darkness (Remembering Tomorrow) by Ursula K Le Guin
The Left Hand of Darkness (Remembering Tomorrow)

MPauline, January 1, 2013

Love Le Guin's idea of humankind, of empathy, intimacy, curiosity - "the other worlds among the stars--the other kinds of men, the other lives."
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All of Us: The Collected Poems by Raymond Carver
All of Us: The Collected Poems

MPauline, December 13, 2012

One of my favorite poetry books. Despite all the bad parts of Carver's life and how near to disaster it often was, reading his poems makes me feel as if life, in the end, will be full, rich, and wonderful. There are details only he could write, such as: eating fried oysters and lemon cookies in his cabin while watching "Anna Karenina" on public television. Also the best poems against alcoholism and the best ones about tenderness and gratitude.
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Penguin Classics) by Thomas Hardy
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Penguin Classics)

MPauline, January 4, 2011

Critic Donald Hall writes in his Afterword: "She dances on the green with the maidens. She is raped in the wood at sixteen. She buries her child in secret. She milks a cow named Dumpling. She hacks turnips on a barren farm. She stabs a man. She hides in an old house with her lover. She wakes to a circle of police, to a noose in the morning." Tess is Hardy's perfect creation, a girl-woman so uniquely realized as to seem impossible, yet completely of nature. I re-read this book every few years and love it more each time.
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