Category Archives: book reviews

An interesting review of THE MAN WHO ASKED TO BE KILLED

  Normally I wouldn’t reproduce Amazon reviews here, but I found this recent one especially interesting. Others have talked about the plot of this story and I’m not sure if I could recap all the connections if I tried, but … Continue reading

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A Modest Inheritance by Carol Bird

  A MODEST INHERITANCE, BY CAROL BIRD, takes us to West Virginia in a tightly drawn, subtle mystery in which much is behind the scenes and the apparent monetary stakes aren’t as high as the spiritual and emotional ones. I enjoyed … Continue reading

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MURIEL SPARK NOVELS

On Goodreads I posted the question, “Who writes like Barbara Pym, one of my favorite authors?” A friend replied that I should try Muriel Spark’s A Far Cry from Kensington. There began my reading of Spark, an author who had … Continue reading

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A TASTE OF NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST AND NYT BESTSELLER BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK BY BEN FOUNTAIN

“…[G]iven the masculine standard America has set for itself it is interesting how few actually qualify. Why we fight, yo, who is this we? Here in the chicken hawk nation of blowhards and bluffers, Bravo always has the ace of … Continue reading

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James Purdy, Elizabeth Bowen, Muriel Spark: Memorial Day Reading

I often re-read The Nephew around or over Memorial Day weekend and have been responsible for friends reading it then. One scene has a sweater-clad character crossing the yards between houses on a gray, chilly Ohio Memorial Day, as so … Continue reading

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Michael J. Tucker novels Capricorn’s Collapse and Aquarius Falling

A fun story of mayhem with a sophisticated accountant protagonist enticed into dealing cocaine and laundering money. Think in terms of the ’twenties and alcohol prohibition, only this is the ’seventies and cleverly begins with a little break-in at the … Continue reading

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Washington Independent Review of Books: THE MAN WHO ASKED TO BE KILLED

I’m especially proud of the review of The Man Who Asked to Be Killed at The Washington Independent Review of Books because the reviewer, Philip K. Jason, is an emeritus English professor, a stranger to me. Since he taught at … Continue reading

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