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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Brian Doyle: IMG The Rude Burl of Our Masks

One day when I was 12 years old and setting off on my newspaper route after school my mom said will you stop at the doctor's and pick up something... Continue »
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The Prestige by Christopher Priest
The Prestige

Tara McDaniel, January 25, 2010

Forget the movie. Read the book instead! It's gothic and emerging modern science put together. Loved the narrative strands, the old time magic, the portals and seances and card trickery. There's some trickery in the narrative, too. I was totally surprised (and delighted) at the end. The story will keep you guessing.
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Keep by Jennifer Egan

Tara McDaniel, January 25, 2010

I had no interest in this book when I first saw it at the bookstore, and in fact picked it up and put it down, checked it out from the library later and couldn't read it and returned it, only to buy it again later on the advice of someone whose reading loves I shared. Turns out, I loved this book! It's a little bit weird, a little bit magical, a little bit slice of life. The narrative voice is incredible and I really liked what Egan did in terms of playing around with narrative conventions and frames. I was surprised and hooked all the way to the end. Really glad I decided to finally pick this one up for good.
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As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway
As Simple as Snow

Tara McDaniel, January 25, 2010

This book was really just fantastic. You never learn the narrator's name (although there is a clue in there, did anyone figure it out?) and the whole book is a mystery...but a beautiful one! It's like there's a physical mystery driving the plot of the book, but the real mystery is spiritual, or somewhere in the narrator's heart. I was equal parts entertained and breathless. A little heart-wrenching, but lovely, I think.
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Ovenman: A Novel by Jeff Parker
Ovenman: A Novel

Tara McDaniel, January 25, 2010

I had so much fun reading this book. It's a kind of wacky, quick read that is totally compelling. The first person narrative voice is so true and believable--something that's pretty hard to pull off for such a quirky persona. But Parker did it, and whatever When Thingfinger has to say about his life is great and hilarious to me. In all, a very enjoyable reading experience that made me shake my head and laugh out loud: way better than watching a movie.
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Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Tara McDaniel, January 25, 2010

Hands down, this is the best book I've ever read. The pacing of the book is perfect, and once you reach the middle point, the plot twists and turns in completely unexpected ways. Waters' writing of this book is lush, the dialogue is spot-on, and the characters are intriguing to say the least. There's drama and betrayal in this book, and a bit of darkness. A highly compelling and captivating read.
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