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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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Review: The Knitter’s Notebook

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March 15, 2016

Why: This reference book was actually a gift from Literary Quicksand founder, Joli. I was just starting to get back into knitting seriously after teaching myself in high school (with little success), and Joli surprised me with this in a sweet care package. (It’s tough when best friends live…


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Review: Knitting (A Novel)

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March 10, 2016

Why: While browsing the bargain table at Barnes and Noble, the cover of this novel caught my eye. Then, as a knitter myself, the simple, straightforward title drew me in. Finally, the synopsis on the back seemed as if it was written just for me from the names of…


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Review: The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

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March 7, 2016

Friends, this was a difficult one for me to get through.

The Aviator’s Wife is a work of historical fiction about Ann Morrow Lindbergh, Charles Lindbergh’s wife. Narrated by Ann, the novel follows her from her college years in 1927 until her husband’s death in 1974, and one final chapter when…

In Winter's Kitchen by Beth Dooley


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Review: In Winter’s Kitchen by Beth Dooley

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March 1, 2016

“Do you know where you are?”
So begins Beth Dooley’s newest book, In Winter’s Kitchen, and her attempt to answer this question after she leaves New Jersey and makes a new home in Minnesota. Dooley explores this question by using the food that grows all around her as landmarks. This…


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Review: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

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February 29, 2016

Wow. What a whirlwind this tiny little book is!

This is the first I’ve read of Gillian Flynn’s works. Yes, I know, everyone who’s anyone talks about how good they are. But creepy is just not my thing! So I avoid them. Until, that is, this short little read popped…


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Review: Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand

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February 27, 2016

Why: The reason I chose this book was simple and uninteresting: it was on my Amazon reading list. I had actually tried to read this last summer, but ended up returning it – gasp – unread to the library. The cover and subtitle stayed with me though, and I…

Beloved by Toni Morrison


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Review: Beloved by Toni Morrison

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February 26, 2016

124 was spiteful. Full of a baby’s venom.

And thus starts one of the best, yet most devastating, novels I have picked up in a long while. Every time I returned to where I left off, picking the book up to start another reading session, it seemed heavier and burdensome,…

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