BHM: Edward P. Jones


After I finished reading the fourteenth story in All Aunt Hagar's Children, I thought how about steadily impressed I'd been with the crafting of these stories. Each of them seemed to possess that kind of "I could tell you stories all day" attitude, like the stories were just a collection of

BHM: Edward P. Jones2014-03-15T19:12:38-05:00

BHM: Z.Z. Packer


It's been a long time since a book inspired me to create a Spelling It Out.* Generally speaking, it coincides with an author's shifting onto my MRE lists (Must Read Everything). Consider it official: Z.Z. Packer's Drinking Coffee Elsewhere makes her a MRE author for me, and now I'll

BHM: Z.Z. Packer2014-03-15T19:08:05-05:00

Radically and Shamefully, False and Authentic


Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections Harper, 2001 They splotch the busy reader's bookshelf: those oversized contemporary novels that you haven't read yet. You expect Dickens and Trollope and Tolstoy to span the reading weeks, but you expect contemporary novels to be more portable, more succinct, more zip-through-able. It makes it harder

Radically and Shamefully, False and Authentic2014-03-09T18:08:32-05:00

But But But


Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna Harper Collins, 2008 Both Kingsolver and Waters are on my MRE lists. Some of their books are amongst my ATF (All Time Favourites) and even when I'm less fond of a theme or a set of characters in their works I still enjoy the books because

But But But2014-03-09T14:45:52-05:00

Lorrie Moore’s A Gate at the Stairs (2009)


A Gate at the Stairs Lorrie Moore Bond Street Books, 2009 Earlier this year I picked through Self-Help, Moore's first collection of short stories, largely drawn from her Master's thesis, because somewhere I came across a reference to her story "How to Become a Writer", which made me think that

Lorrie Moore’s A Gate at the Stairs (2009)2014-03-09T11:27:02-05:00
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