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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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Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
Life Among the Savages

amabre, August 26, 2009

I don't have children but that didn't keep me from fully appreciating this story about Jackson raising three children in the 50s. I love the way she endears her family to the reader without being sentimental. Actually, she's writes almost objectively about them. These are really quirky stories told along a timeline... Fantastic things that can only happen in real life; this is really funny at times and completely relatable although it was written over half a century ago.
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The Portable Dorothy Parker (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Dorothy Parker
The Portable Dorothy Parker (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

amabre, August 16, 2009

Transport yourself to the breezy apartments of the boozy, man crazy, young women who populate New York City during the 1920's and 30s. You will have fun with them.

Good stories, silly (but interesting) poetry. Oh and there are some awesome book reviews in here too. You don't have to be familiar with the book in order to enjoy Dorothy Parker's biting criticism.
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Beneath the Roses by Gregory Crewdson
Beneath the Roses

amabre, August 10, 2009

Gregory Crewdson's photographs are intricately mapped out and with the help of interior designers, costume people, lighting technicians, and models, he was able to create these elaborate works of art that resemble cinematography more than traditional photography.

Every image here tells a story. His subjects are illuminated in such a way that they seem to glow.

Almost makes me want to get up really early and experience the foggy stillness right before sunrise.
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby

amabre, August 9, 2009

Had no idea what to expect-I knew it would be good but no one ever talks about what the book is about. Even the back cover was evasive, letting you think it's a love story (well it is...sort of). I won't give it away but I must say that it is beautiful, vivid, unlike anything I've read before!
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The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
The Lottery: And Other Stories

amabre, August 1, 2009

This was a joy to read. It was these, Shirley Jackson's wonderful stories, that got me hooked on her writing.
I love Shirley Jackson's description of superficial details and the way she makes such small pieces of the setting really matter. I love her characters and all of their fears and awkwardness and obsessions (the recurring James Harris always adds a more unsettling vibe). I love the doom and the Hitchcock-like pictures these stories paint in your mind. I love the surprises and the charm and the way that when you read this you don't want to stop.
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