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Books, by lauren, February 14, 2017, 6 Replies

Water: New Short Story Fiction from Africa This collection of short stories from project “Short Story Day” comes from last year’s competition and are tied together by the theme of water. I enjoyed some of the stories, but found others difficult to connect with. I’m sure that this is a common theme with short story … Continue reading “Reading…”

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Books, by lauren, January 17, 2017, 4 Replies

The Shell Collector: Stories, by Anthony Doerr Anthony Doerr is, no contest, one of my favorite writers. His sense of place, both in the world and in the complex emotions of humanity, always hits the mark. Though I’m not sure, I assume that Doerr is a world traveler; his intimate knowledge of landscapes, flora, and … Continue reading “Reading…”

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Books, by lauren, December 20, 2016, 8 Replies

The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue Set in her homeland of Ireland, more specifically the boggy Irish Midlands, in 1859, The Wonder is a mystery that unfolds slowly and dangerously as an eleven-year-old girl lies mostly holed up in her room over the course of many days. The mystery is one of survival and deceit; she has, supposedly, … Continue reading “Reading…”

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Books, by lauren, November 22, 2016, Leave a Reply

The Dead Bird, by Margaret Wise Brown We recently checked out this book from the library and were delighted to find a simple, timeless, story from a child’s perspective about death. I was surprised to find out that Brown’s original text copyright was from 1938, and that the book has been reissued in 2016 (with … Continue reading “Reading…”

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Books, by lauren, November 15, 2016, 1 Reply

House of Sand and Fog, by Andre Dubus III This book, just wow. I don’t even know if I should recommend it, because it is one of the most disturbing, dark stories I have read. But I absolutely loved every page. To call it intense would be an understatement, to call it captivating would be insufficient. Dubus makes … Continue reading “Reading…”