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I’m usually rather serious. As when discussing books like Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight, and Michael Redhill’s Bellevue Spiral. (Yes, I have a thing for Michaels.) But I can also be silly. (As in “Dear Public Library”.)

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Recent Bookchat

About the pages that I’ve been turning

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Fresh bookishness!

Mini Update Sticky Post: June 1,2021 Debut? Sanjena Sathian's Gold Diggers. Short stories? Zadie Smith's Grand Union. Dipping into: Kaie Kellough's Accordéon. A recent release? Jhumpa Lahiri's Whereabouts.

Earth Changes, Habit Changes (2 of 4)

During the past year, I’ve read sixty-three books, fiction and non-fiction, related to the climate crisis. Just this week, I finished Katłįà's (Catherine Lafferty's) 2020 novel Ndè-ti-yat’a

Here and Elsewhere: Between Places

Stories set in—and revolving around—Vietnam have appeared on BIP many times, like Marcelino Truong’s coming-of-age memoir in translation by David Homel: Such a Lovely Little War (2014;

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