Category Archives: book reviews

“If you don’t push against the mirror, how do you know you’re standing in front of it?”

The quote above is from my interview with Martin Pousson, whose PEN award-winning novel Black Sheep Boy, also an L.A. Times Pick of the Week, inspired Susan Larson (NPR The Reading Life) to say: “An unforgettable novel-in-stories about growing up gay in French Acadiana, so vivid and almost … Continue reading

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A NUDE HORSEBACK RIDER WHILE I’M COOKING?

As I made a large batch of peanut curry one morning, Liz Taylor laughed and talked on the kitchen TV in Reflections in a Golden Eye. I wasn’t paying much attention, although her screen presence drew me to glance at the picture … Continue reading

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LATE LAST NIGHT BOOKS ONLINE MAGAZINE WELCOMES FIVE NEW COLUMNISTS

As managing editor of Late Last Night Books online magazine, soon to begin its fifth year, I’m honored to welcome five new columnists: Ron Cooper, author of The Gospel of the Twin, Purple Jesus, Hume’s Fork and philosophy professor, University … Continue reading

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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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