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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Brian Doyle: IMG The Rude Burl of Our Masks



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    Children and Other Wild Animals

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In One Person by John Irving
In One Person

mick provencher, August 2, 2013

A terrific novel and tale of a boy, and later a young man and his sexual awakening and his awareness how it affects others around him. Irving questions the social and sexual mores and provides the reader with highways and byways that entertain and intrigue. Wonderful, sad, enchanting, theatrical and always engaging, i loved this novel. It offers much food for thought.
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The Rotters' Club (Vintage Contemporaries) by Jonathan Coe
The Rotters' Club (Vintage Contemporaries)

mick provencher, August 5, 2012

Jonathan Coe's coming of age and beyond novel is an excellent introduction to life in Birmingham, England, in the 70s. The characters, a group of teens in school, their families and the social circle that entwine them tell the stories of that time. Politics, school life, industrial urban life and struggles for individuality, creativity and searching for it are some of the topics engagingly faced. It's full of wit and insight and a pure joy to read. You just might find yourself reading the sequel, The Closed Circle. I did.
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Dubin's Lives by Bernard Malamud
Dubin's Lives

mick provencher, March 7, 2012

An excellent novel about lives and telling the stories of lives. Malamud's uses all of his skills, and they are broad and wonderful, in looking at Dubin, a biographer in his late middle-age years as Dubin reviews his life along with the lives that he has examined in his writing. It's about life, loving and accepting change within lives and loves.
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The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
The Family Fang

mick provencher, January 11, 2012

A family of performance artists that make public art that, in all likelihood, the public doesn't want to see, and some of the members of the family don't necessarily want to perform. Somehow, wonderfully, and rather quickly this becomes a tale that takes you all in and makes you want to know more, read more, follow these people, at least some of them. It's family in tatters, it's the question of what is performance art and why, it's what to we do with our lives-how we move on, and it's a real pleasure to read.
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Ladies and Gentlemen by Adam Ross
Ladies and Gentlemen

mick provencher, September 9, 2011

Adam Ross tells great (at times, wacky) stories, I blasted through these. And, yes, this is one of those books that you read voraciously, and then slow near the end because it's too good to want to finish. I enjoyed these even more than Mr. Peanut, which was roundly celebrated.
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