Quick takes- January 2018

Three nonfiction in one month? That may be more than I read all last year.

The Dinner Party. 4 stars. I'm still shuddering from that last story. Very solid collection. I don't think he's ever been as good as his first novel, but I love his writing.

The Immortalists. 5 stars. I have to let go of the one little thing that bugged me about this, because it was otherwise excellent. Really great sibling story; it was right up my alley and I loved it.

Rabbit Cake. 5 stars. Perfect,...

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The week in review

I had an especially great week with my kids, which is very fitting since we're about to have a very rare kid-free weekend. See you Sunday, kiddos!

I finished that reread of The World According to Garp. I had a lot to say about it over here. I had mixed feelings overall but for the most part, I really liked it. It's definitely worth picking up, whether for the first time or a revisit. It's been a long time since John Irving wrote something I loved, I hope he's got something great left in...

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The book according to me

I've been wanting to reread an old John Irving book for quite a while now. He was a very early favorite of mine, but it's been quite a while since he wrote something I liked. Avenue Of Mysteries was a slog. In One Person was instantly forgettable. Until I Find You had a really charming main character, but it was a mess of a book. The most recent John Irving book that I can wholeheartedly get behind is A Widow For One Year, and that was 20 years ago! So I'm wondering, did he lose it, or did...

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The week in review.

This has been an enlightening week. I really learned a lot, like how committed baby boomers are to their weird resentment of the younger generation for not suffering enough hardships. "Back in my day we walked five miles uphill in the snow to be coerced into sex and you didn't hear us complaining!" I never thought I had any kind of trigger, but this week I learned that I do have a pretty specific one. And I learned that the same guys who've spent years telling women to smile more because...

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