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Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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May 10, 2016

In April, my book club read Station Eleven. I dove into with my usual lack-of-research bravado – all I knew about the book was that it was some sort of post-apocalyptic novel. This genre really isn’t my cup of tea at all, but for book club I will read…

Portage by Sue Leaf


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Review: Portage by Sue Leaf

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May 6, 2016

I can’t remember exactly where I first saw this book, but the most likely place is our local bookstore, Magers and Quinn. A fairly new book, Portage was published in October 2015 by University of Minnesota Press, a publisher of local authors that I am enjoying more and more.

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The Taliban Shuffle by Kim Barker

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April 26, 2016

Kim Barker details the behind-the-bylines reality of war-zone reporting in her memoir, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  The book was released to little fanfare in 2011, but reached the bestseller list this year as Tina Fey starred in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, the movie adaptation.  The…


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How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack by Chuck Sambuchino

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April 21, 2016

This is not your average book review. This is also not your average survival guide. This is a written plan for how to “defend yourself when the lawn warriors strike (and they will)” by Chuck Sambuchino.
Fear not. Now that you know they’re planning to strike, you’re much safer than you were…

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn


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Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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April 20, 2016

I suppose it’s not really that much of a surprise that a lover of thrillers, horror, and mystery, such as myself, would absolutely adore Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects. I sped through the novel at a record pace (she sure knows how to write a page-turner), and I immediately added…

5 Books for Quitting Your Job to Move to the Woods


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5 Books for Quitting Your Job to Move to the Woods

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April 18, 2016

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau
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Review: The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

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April 12, 2016

Why: The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller caught my eye while browsing the bargain table at Barnes and Noble. I had certainly heard of the title, but had no idea what the novel was about. Knowing it was a bestseller, I read the preview, and the simplicity…


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Review: For the Love by Jen Hatmaker

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April 4, 2016

Why: A long time friend was actually on the launch team for this book and sent me a copy even as I was anxiously awaiting my turn at the library! The tagline was really what attracted me to the book initially though: Fighting for grace in a world of…

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter


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Review: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

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March 25, 2016

“There is a striking resemblance between the act of love and the ministrations of a torturer,” opined my husband’s favourite poet; I had learned something of the nature of that similarity on my marriage bed. And now my taper showed me the outlines of a rack. There was also…


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Review: The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

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March 20, 2016

This novel can be described with the following list of very interesting adjectives: quirky, ironic, karmic, squirrelly, political, joyful, maddening, hilarious, emotional, awkward, and even Pynchonesque at times.

Is your interest piqued? It should be!

I had a good time reading The Portable Veblen. It’s bursting with themes that exercised the English major muscles…

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