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01/27 2015

Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje

ondaatje_coverggla07_highIt’s been a while since I had a hardback book in my hands.  On the trains, planes, and in waiting rooms, everyone has an e-reader.  I’m not one of those people, but I usually have a floppy paperback that I write in and dog earREAD MORE

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07/4 2014

Highways to a War – Christopher Koch



This is not my typical read, though reinforces why I so love sharing books.  Thank you Anna for sending this, among others.

Highways to a War by Christopher Koch is a novel about an Australian war photographer who disappears in Cambodia in 1975, as told by hisREAD MORE

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06/7 2014

The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake

IMAG1383Back in 2005 or 2006 my friend Bob Atkinson said I needed to check out Breece D’J Pancake’s “Trilobites and Other Stories.”   I knew from the first story that this was my kind of writer.  Bare knuckle boxing, blood on the pillow, cold mornings andREAD MORE

Posted in Books, China, Travels, Writing
05/29 2013

some notes from the Shanghai – Beijing express train

Tuesday.  I’m on the Shanghai – Beijing express train and I’ve just decided to listen to music and write because my initial plan to stare out the windows and zone out for 5 hours has been disrupted my growing agitation with the combination of snorersREAD MORE

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09/22 2012

The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai

If ever a book was to be described as “stunning” then Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss would be what I would think of.  It is one of the most visually rich stories I’ve read in a long time and enjoyed the vividness of the interlacingREAD MORE

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08/4 2012

Vernon God Little – DBC Pierre

Before I get into the details of this book there are two things I want to mention.  One is that DBC Pierre is a pen name.  Using a pen name, I suppose, is like using a stage name – an attempt to jazz up yourREAD MORE

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07/22 2012

Open City – Teju Cole

This book came to me with the weight of a friend’s passion for it.  Sent to me through the post with the description that it was a novel so beloved that once it was completed, my friend immediately flipped back to the first page andREAD MORE

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06/24 2012

Room – Emma Donoghue

Room by Emma Donoghue is a fairly quick read, the type of book that lies somewhere between a strong well written novel and popular fiction.  It is the story of Jack and his mother who are captives in a room, held there by a man whoREAD MORE

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06/10 2012

Plainsong – Kent Haruf

This is a book I think my sister would love.   She’d love the grace and kindness in the characters and the beauty of the landscape.  While Haruf doesn’t have quite the connection to the landscape as say, Walter Stegner, he does bring the sky andREAD MORE

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04/29 2012

Too Much Happiness – Alice Munro


This book has perhaps my favorite title I’ve found in a long time because it is not only intriguing, but one that describes with simple clarity the breadth of the book.  The title story is the last and most distant in theme, as it describesREAD MORE