Monthly Archives: September 2010

A Handful of Dust, by Evelyn Waugh

A Handful of Dust, by Evelyn Waugh This edition: Back Bay Books, 1999. Written 1934. 320 pages. The first text message I ever received from my mum read: “Just finished Brideshead. So depressed.” I laughed out loud in the middle … Continue reading

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Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible, by Jonathan Goldstein

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible, by Jonathan Goldstein Riverhead Trade, 2009. 256 pages. If you are looking for pious hagiographies of Old Testament saints (and one from the New), look further. Goldstein’s little book of stories, portraits of biblical characters … Continue reading

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If on a winter’s night a traveler, by Italo Calvino

If on a winter’s night a traveler, by Italo Calvino (William Weaver, trans.) Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979. 260 pages. Italo Calvino’s If on a winter’s night a traveler abandons traditional storytelling in its first lines, entering the realm of metanovel: … Continue reading

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Don’t Stop Reading, Y’all

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Rescue Ink, by Rescue Ink and Denise Flaim

When I picked up Rescue Ink I was apprehensive. It’s a book about a group of muscular, tattooed guys in Long Island who rescue abused and abandoned animals, and I thought I might be in store for heart-wrenching tales of animal cruelty. But the author made a clear effort to focus on the joys of rescue. Continue reading

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The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, by Malcolm Gladwell Back Bay Books, 2002. 301 pages. I went to a Protestant Christian high school whereat there was every year a “chapel week,” which I suppose was … Continue reading

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