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Original Essays | September 17, 2014

Merritt Tierce: IMG Has My Husband Read It?



My first novel, Love Me Back, was published on September 16. Writing the book took seven years, and along the way three chapters were published in... Continue »

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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life

jksquires, August 22, 2014

I'm reading Life After Life the second time for my book group and I am even more impressed the second time around. I am a devoted reader of Atkinson's Jackson Brodie stories, but Life After Life is at a whole new stratospheric territory in terms of imagination and literary daring. Ursula's births, deaths, and rebirths take us on a fascinating tour of history from the years 1910 until 1947. It's a story of the chaos of life and the ripple effects of every life. Truly an inspired work!
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Ecstatic Cahoots: Fifty Short Stories by Stuart Dybek
Ecstatic Cahoots: Fifty Short Stories

jksquires, June 26, 2014

My interest in this book arose from a book review explaining that the title came from a line in The Great Gatsby, which, in my humble opinion, is the great American novel. I'm glad to say I'm happy I followed my instincts and bought this great collection of quirky, lyrically written stories. Dybek truly has a very original voice and I feel like I've discovered a wonderful author. Discoveries made trudging across a Chicago neighborhood during a blizzard or meeting a miniature bride and groom with wedding cake frosting on their feet are but two examples of the treasures in this book.
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Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo
Nobody's Fool

jksquires, June 15, 2014

I've read several of Russo's novels, and saw the great Paul Newman made of Nobody's Fool so I decided to plunge into the this one--I'm so glad I did. Russo writes about very ordinary people in a down-at-the-heels town, but that is the charm of this book. The characters are so nuanced and very real. Sully, the lead character is one I will never forget--imperfect, yet trying to redeem himself at the age of 60. His interaction with his 80-year old landlady and former teacher is itself worth the price of the book. Russo is a wonderment.
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Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo
Nobody's Fool

jksquires, June 15, 2014

I've read several of Russo's novels, and saw the great Paul Newman made of Nobody's Fool so I decided to plunge into the this one--I'm so glad I did. Russo writes about very ordinary people in a down-at-the-heels town, but that is the charm of this book. The characters are so nuanced and very real. Sully, the lead character is one I will never forget--imperfect, yet trying to redeem himself at the age of 60. His interaction with his 80-year old landlady and former teacher is itself worth the price of the book. Russo is a wonderment.
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A Darker Shade of Sweden: Original Stories by Sweden's Greatest Crime Writers by John-henri Holmberg
A Darker Shade of Sweden: Original Stories by Sweden's Greatest Crime Writers

jksquires, June 10, 2014

I love reading short story collections, particularly in the summer, and this one is excellent. The first one, concerning a reunion of middle aged friends at a lake side cabin where they stayed as teenagers has an eerie, supernatural twist. The Swedes have an extraordinary talent for creating such tales of the "dark side" of human nature.
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