Aug 28

How to Write a Book Review

I love writing book reviews. If reading a book is like going on a vacation, writing a book review is like showing the photos and souvenirs and telling my friends about the trip. Book reviews can turn the solitary pleasure of reading into something shared with a community of like-minded readers. It also helps other …

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Aug 24

Book Review: Harmony

Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst This book doesn’t go where I thought it was going to go. It’s slightly askew from a typical psycho-thriller, and slightly darker than a typical Jodi Picoult-type of story about a sibling of a non neurotypical child. It’s the story of the Hammond family with Josh, Tilly, an A-spectrum pre-teen, her …

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Aug 22

Book Review: The Maximum Security Book Club

The Maximum Security Book Club: Reading Literature in a Men’s Prison by Mikita Brottman I think I may have hit my saturation point for books about people talking about books, and this is only the third I have read (the others being The Jane Austen Book Club and Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress). Yet, …

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Aug 09

Book Review: Bright-Sided

Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich I’d seen this book kicking around a lot of different places. I’m not sure when it was written, but it seems to come up a lot, discussed briefly in other books, seen on the shelf at the used bookstore, mentioned briefly …

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Aug 09

Book Review: Train Dreams

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson This is actually a novella, which I downloaded as an audiobook. It took only about two hours to listen to, which is a really nice length for a story. I’d head that the ebook revolution would see a proliferation of stories in lengths other than the standard mass market paperback …

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