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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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    Children and Other Wild Animals

    Brian Doyle 9780870717543

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The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
The Mermaid Chair

gracebarron, October 19, 2009

I think what I enjoyed most about this book was the interwoven nature of the narrative. Switching perspectives works beautifully here, some chapters in first person, others in close third. The characters are richly drawn and their chapters distinct without being discordant, allowing the plot to unfold with a natural ease.

And the threads that make up the plot share that interwoven quality; internal conflict and external conflict, life at home and life on the island, love with a husband and love with a lover, the past and the present all blend together as they influence each other. And as well as everything was knit together, there were still surprises to be found as Jessie learns more about herself, her family, and where she fits in the world.

That's not to say that the book is without fault. There are some things that could be explored more deeply or cut altogether, some things that aren't wholly realistic, and some things that are tied up just a bit too neatly. But none of those problems bothered me so much that I wasn't able to enjoy the book.
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Resistance: A Woman's Journal of Struggle and Defiance in Occupied France by Agnes Humbert
Resistance: A Woman's Journal of Struggle and Defiance in Occupied France

gracebarron, September 20, 2009

I absolutely loved this book! Agnès Humbert's writing is so vivid and impassioned that you can't help but be enthralled by it. There's an intensity throughout, and no matter what she faces, Agnès never loses her fiery strength. Whether running around the streets of Paris or confined in a slave labor camp, she never ceases to fight. Vive la Résistance!
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You Have Time for This by Mark Budman
You Have Time for This

gracebarron, November 16, 2007

You Have Time for This is a collection of short stories rich in character and imagination. There's a wide variety of styles and voices, so there's something there for everyone. Full of wit, humor, and drama, these stories accomplish more in a few hundred words than most novels do in a few hundred pages!
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