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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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Just Kids by Patti Smith
Just Kids

simmonsr, May 22, 2011

This is a sweet account of two lives coming together in the turbulent 60's. An inside look at the mingling of two artists lives and how their "art" was realized through mutual affection. Drugs, sex, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsburgh and the Andy Worhol crowd are all featured background to this wonderful tale. Elegantly written, the tale is mostly about love.
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Faithful Place by Tana French
Faithful Place

simmonsr, May 14, 2011

This was an amazingly good read, and another book that I picked up because of its being on the Tournament of Books list. The book is ostensibly a murder mystery however, it's much more a portrait of an modern Irish family in conflict. Gorgeous writing propels the story forward. I will now most definitely be seeking out other books by Ms French. Highly recommended!
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Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
Skippy Dies

simmonsr, May 14, 2011

I read this because it was one the Tournament of Books choices, and I am happy to say that I am glad for it. The book is a "coming of age" novel that takes place in an all boys private school, and follows the foibles of a cast of young men at the "voice cracking" stage of life, along with some adult characters that are well fleshed out. Full of poignant passages and lovely writing. Once the end came I found myself wanting to know more of what awaits in the future for this cast of characters.
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Cloud Atlas: A Novel by David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas: A Novel

simmonsr, January 29, 2011

This is the best book I have read in a long, long while. Amazing writerly craft is on full display in this jigsaw puzzle of a book. Highly clever, multi voiced and absolutely fascinating. The premise: several stories with only the most tenuous of connective threads are presented to the reader and all end on cliff hangers. At the middle of the book each story is brought back and "finished". I was captivated, and truly saddened to have each story end. Brilliant!
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