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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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    Juliet's Nurse

    Lois Leveen 9781476757445

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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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Raintree County by Ross Lockridge
Raintree County

jksquires, April 14, 2014

I recently reread this neglected classic after reading Larry Lockridge's Shade of the Raintree, which was a wonderful account of his genius father's brief life, suicide and lasting legacy. Raintree County did not disappoint the second time around. It is essentially a novel about search for meaning in life and the setting of Civil War era America in an Indiana County with a hero who, much like Jay Gatsby, wants to be the hero of his own life. He doesn't seek out riches, but rather wants to compose a great literary work that would be emblematic of the American Republic. He endures, and survives, many battles and Sherman's March to the Sea and comes home seeking out his childhood sweetheart. Some critics feel that Lockridge fell short, but he came very close to the great American novel with his story of Johnny Shawnessy, Nell Gaither, the cynical Professor, the political opportunist Garwood Jones and the doomed Southern beauty, Susanna Drake. There simply is no other book like this one.
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