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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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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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