Year in Reading

December 20, 2013

Wrapping Up A Year in Reading 2013 4

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It was fun and now we’re done.

December 19, 2013

A Year In Reading: Charles Blackstone 4

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Hasn’t it always been the case that art is supposed to make you question your assumptions? And radically so? And really good art takes all of your assumptions away and reinvents you? That’s what Tampa does.

December 19, 2013

A Year in Reading: Ann Hood 0

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Even if I wasn’t attracted to all things Naples, these novels are exactly what makes for terrific reading — they are literary but accessible, poignant and emotionally true, and they explore both friendship and the role of women against a setting that is lively and interesting.

December 19, 2013

A Year in Reading: Bennett Sims 3

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The book contains laugh-out-loud scenes with junkies, dealers, and a defense lawyer; charming childhood memories involving Candyland; and moving accounts of Clune’s daily practice of sobriety

December 18, 2013

A Year in Reading: Kevin Hartnett 4

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A friend told me he still considers it the finest fictional depiction of marriage he’s ever read. I agree.

December 18, 2013

A Year in Reading: Kevin Barry 3

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He is the bastard love-child of John McGahern and JG Ballard, and this is a brilliant book.

December 18, 2013

A Year in Reading: Kristopher Jansma 1

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Most art from Warhol to present leaves me eye rolling and/or giggling. It finally helped me to understand the contents of the Whitney Museum as more than bad practical jokes.

December 18, 2013

A Year in Reading: Helen Oyeyemi 0

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A book I think of as Pure Enjoyment 2013: each story a mini film-noir unfolding across pages.

December 17, 2013

A Year in Reading: Parul Sehgal 1

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It’s gossip of the highest, most instructive caliber.

December 17, 2013

A Year in Reading: Michael Robbins 3

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I’d place it above every American novel except Moby-Dick, Light in August, and Absalom, Absalom!