Monthly Archives: July 2015

Jill Morrow’s Newport – “everything you need for literary escape”

It’s not that aging 1920s industrialist Bennett Chapman of Newport is haunted by ghosts, like the Cosmo Topper of Thorne Smith’s Topper novels (which led to the Topper movies and TV series). No, Newport’s Mr. Chapman isn’t haunted at all—he … Continue reading

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How I spent my Fourth of July: a whimper, not a bang

You could see the Disneyland fireworks from our garage roof, but to get up there you had to climb onto a six-foot high fence that was perpendicular to the garage and then, in my case at the time, jump up … Continue reading

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Anne Tyler: “She took the bowl of peas and brought it down on his head. It didn’t break, but peas flew everywhere.”

Meet Pearl, having supper with her little girl Jenny and her two teenage sons in Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant: “Jenny’s face was streaming with tears, but she wasn’t making a sound and Pearl seemed unaware of her. Cody cleared … Continue reading

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