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(no subject) [Oct. 25th, 2014|05:46 pm]
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, adult nonfiction by Jeff Hobbs. Heartbreaking, and worth it.

If I Stay, young-adult fiction by Gayle Forman, quite the opposite; lazy, wasteful of talent and privilege.

The Lovely Bones, adult fiction by Alice Sebold, reread as a result. Strong, and strongest in the inadvertent recent series on Disasters of the Previously Happy, but she in my opinion goes badly astray in the final few chapters.

Where I Once Belonged, adult fiction by Kent Haruf. Beautifully written but all wrong. I won't question his desire to write in a world in which only bad things ever actually happen, especially if they seem at first like good ones, but I don't see the point of reading about it.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, memoir for adults by Maya Angelou, probable reread, but oh, I'm pretty sure I missed it the first time.
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(no subject) [Oct. 17th, 2014|06:54 am]
The Last Unicorn, adult fiction by Peter S. Beagle, reread.

Cloud Atlas, adult fiction by David Mitchell, favorite reread; as with a flawlessly engineered mechanical watch there is more marvel rather than less in beginning to understand how it is put together.

Completed, short story Parable of the House.
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(no subject) [Oct. 10th, 2014|07:01 am]
As I Lay Dying, adult fiction by William Faulkner, sorta-reread.

The Princess Bride, adult fiction by William Golding, uncomfortable feminist reread.

The Next Best Thing, trashy YA-with-fucking fiction by Jennifer Weiner.

Been too busy to pick up library holds... ):
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(no subject) [Sep. 28th, 2014|08:35 pm]
My Life in Middlemarch, nonfiction for adults by Rebecca Mead, gift from Jeff.

Emma, adult fiction by Jane Austen, reread, probably.
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(no subject) [Sep. 22nd, 2014|05:39 am]
Spiritual Midwifery, nonfiction for adults by Ina May Gaskins, useful clarification of one far end of the spectrum.

Reservation Road, adult fiction by John Burnham Schwartz, in audiobook, more or less at random. Lazy in the extreme.
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(no subject) [Sep. 14th, 2014|05:44 pm]
Heft, adult fiction by Liz Moore, reread.

The Poisonwood Bible, adult fiction by Barbara Kingsolver, reread.

A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming, nonfiction for adults by Dylan Tuccillo, Jared Zeizel and Thomas Peisel, via KD.

The Impossible Knife of Memory, young-adult fiction by Laurie Halse Anderson, disappointing.

A Different Drummer, adult fiction by William M. Kelley, baffling and fascinating.
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(no subject) [Sep. 2nd, 2014|05:02 am]
All Fall Down, which I won't call chick lit, but won't call good, either, by Jennifer Weiner.

Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States, nonfiction for adults by Kenneth T. Jackson, because Ta-Nehisi Coates said I had to.

Misconceptions, memoir for adults by Noami Wolf, recommended; on feminism as both more necessary and more elusive in maternity.

Also The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth (Kitzinger), The Labor Progress Handbook (Simkin & Ancheta), The Birth Partner (Simkin), The Doula Book (Klaus & Kennell), The Nursing Mother's Companion (Huggins), swaths of the 1968 Dr. Spock which I loved as a child and still adore, and I forget what else, for completeness.

Forgot from earlier, My Family and Other Animals, memoir for adults, sort of, by Gerald Durrell.
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(no subject) [Aug. 11th, 2014|12:11 pm]
The Life And Times of Frederick Douglass, an extended memoir which begins by covering the same ground as the Narrative -- with a number of interesting alterations -- and proceeds through the next forty or so years. Recommended by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Look At Me, adult fiction by favorite Jennifer Egan.

Americanah, adult fiction by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I sort of want to write the essay on what if anything distinguishes this from chick lit.

A Not Entirely Benign Procedure, essays for adults by Perri Klass, reread.

A Guide to Quality, Taste, and Style, handbook for adults by Tim Gunn and Kate Moloney, reread with affection.
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(no subject) [Jul. 4th, 2014|04:45 pm]
The Wind Is Not A River, adult fiction by Brian Payton, about war and stuff. Per Jennifer Wiener's hypothesis, the NYT reviewed it with great seriousness.

Burial Rites, adult fiction by Hannah Kent, inexplicably recommended by favorite Meg Rosoff.

Can You Keep A Secret?, chick lit in the unhealthiest possible sense, by Sophie Kinsella. Read partly by accident, partly as research.

Operating Instructions, memoir for adults by Anne Lamott, but I always love her essays and Facebook posts much better.

Completed, short story The Key and essay revision. Working on habits and routines.
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(no subject) [Jun. 24th, 2014|09:34 am]
Dona Flor and her Two Husbands, adult fiction by Jorge Amado, in translation.

A Room of One's Own, essay for adults by Virginia Woolf, reread. (On growing as a reader: First time through, in college, I hadn't read enough yet to get the jokes.)

Possession, adult fiction by A.S. Byatt, in audio, also a reread from years ago when I could tell I would have to return having read more widely. But I overshot; I think this time I am too old for it.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson, YA fiction by David Levithan and John Green. Lazy.

Dare Me, adult fiction by Megan Abbott, very Veronica Mars, and also a little bit Stephen King, in terms of seeming incongruity between content and craft.

Forgot from earlier, In The Palm of My Mother's Hand, adult fiction by Ursula Hegi, reread from high school, lovely as remembered.

Probably forgetting a couple this time too.
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