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A Tale Of Two Feet

When I was a child growing up in rural Central Florida, one of the many ways that the neighborhood kids kept ourselves amused was to imagine ourselves as members of the X-Men.  For some reason, I ended up being Professor … Continue reading

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Someday Never Comes

Forty-seven years ago Credence Clearwater Revival released their last studio album before breaking up, called “Mardi Gras,” an album lovingly dissected by Todd In The Shadows for his Trainwreckords series.  While I am no fan of most of the album, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Man Who Made Lists

The Man Who Made Lists:  Love, Death, Madness, And The Creation Of Roget’s Thesaurus, by Joshua Kendall As a child I had, and consulted, a paperback version of Roget’s Thesaurus, and found it to be immensely helpful in building the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Odd One Out

Odd One Out, by Nic Stone In stark contrast to many YA novels, the author has a solid idea of the complexities that our contemporary obsession with identity and sexuality brings to friendships and relationships.  Quite strikingly for a novel … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons It is admittedly a shame that this sparkling and lighthearted book was the first novel published by the author and one that has overshadowed her later work, but this is a sparkling novel that … Continue reading

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Book Review: One Of Ours

One Of Ours, by Willa Cather [Note:  Spoiler alert, because spoilers.] This book, along with Willa Cather’s work in general, provides a strong difference between literary fiction that seeks to appeal to cultural elites and critical elements and popular fiction … Continue reading

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Book Review: O Pioneers!

O Pioneers!, by Willa Cather I must admit I have mixed feelings about this short book, widely considered to be a classic piece of American literature.  My mixed feelings come from a variety of sources, including a background in a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Love, Nina

Love, Nina:  A Nanny Writes Home, by Nina Stibbe Having read both of the author’s humorous and almost tragic novels, this book comes as an intriguing of sometimes frustrating memoir of a young woman taking care of two foul-mouthed but … Continue reading

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Book Review: Man At The Helm

Man At The Helm, by Nina Stibbe This novel is a fascinating and somewhat disheartening look into the origins of Generation X in the story of a young girl named Lizzie Vogel who, along with her slightly older sister, seeks … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bloom

Bloom:  50 Things To Say, Think, And Do With Anxious, Angry And Over-The-Top Kids, by Lynne Kenney and Wendy Young As is often the case when I read books like this, I have a complex set of feelings and opinions … Continue reading

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