Spelling It Out: The Juliet Stories


Let me begin by saying that the cover of this novel is perfect. Juliet, with her eyes closed: she could be anywhere, but in assembling an understanding of the world around her, images from her time in Nicaragua serve as a foundation. And the vivid imagery: the combination of photographs

Spelling It Out: The Juliet Stories2014-03-20T20:07:36-05:00

Spelling It Out: Falling in Love with a Book


In the past two-and-a-half years, I have written four of these, spelling out the reasons that I fell for four books: Z.Z. Packer's Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (2003) Michael Crummey's Galore (2009) Hiromi Goto's Half World (2009) and Sarah Waters -- the impetus was The Little Stranger, but I spelled

Spelling It Out: Falling in Love with a Book2014-03-17T14:29:43-05:00

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

Spelling it out: Michael Crummey’s Galore


Michael Crummey's Galore Doubleday- Random House, 2009 Yes, it's true: I have fallen under another bookspell. Unlike the two instances of this earlier in my reading year, with Sarah Waters and Hiromi Goto, this is with an author I haven't read before: Michael Crummey. And perhaps it is because I am

Spelling it out: Michael Crummey’s Galore2014-03-09T18:47:47-05:00

Under a BookSpell: Hiromi Goto


Hiromi Goto's Half World Penguin Books, 2009 I hope you're not disappointed to see another instance of Spelling It Out here, so soon after that on Sarah Waters, but I have fallen under yet another BookSpell. I admit, I do tend to respond positively to an author's work when I

Under a BookSpell: Hiromi Goto2014-07-11T16:21:59-05:00
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