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(no subject) [May. 12th, 2015|12:48 pm]
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Parable of the Sower, adult fiction by Octavia Butler.

Voices in the Night, short stories for adults by Steven Millhauser, gift from Catharine. The first and second stories are marvelous; but in collection, their formula becomes apparent, and then tedious, and then ridiculous. The last story breaks from it and is worth reading.

Tell, adult fiction by Frances Itani, who doesn't even bother to plug in the variables.
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(no subject) [May. 1st, 2015|09:49 am]
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The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves, adult nonfiction by Siri Hustvedt, but I kind of wish I hadn't, because we're reading her novel, and it's good, and this is the sort of annoying term paper that diminishes the text it's meant to deconstruct.

Completed, short story Jacqueline, and short story Life's Work, and miscellany.
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(no subject) [Apr. 26th, 2015|07:57 pm]
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Torch, adult fiction by Cheryl Strayed.

Fortunate Son, adult fiction by Walter Mosely.

Migratory Animals, adult fiction by Mary Helen Specht, featuring an eerily familiar "Marsh University" for Texan nerds, architects, and engineers.
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(no subject) [Apr. 18th, 2015|08:19 am]
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We Are Not Ourselves, adult fiction by Matthew Thomas. Ten out of ten for enjoyable noveliness but the plot comes at the expense of the characters. If a woman had written it, we'd call it chick lit, not the Next American Novel.

My Brilliant Friend, adult fiction by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein. Accurately titled per membership in the Separate Peace/ Deliverance/ Fight Club/ Gatsby family.

A Visit from the Goon Squad, adult fiction by Jennifer Egan, reread.

Begun but then set aside as ill-suited for current reading conditions, The Salt Eaters, adult fiction by Toni Cade Bambara.

How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, adult fiction by Charles Yu. Mostly wonderful, twenty to forty percent doing too much.

Tiny Beautiful Things, adult memoir in the form of advice column by Cheryl Strayed, if she's your thing.
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(no subject) [Mar. 25th, 2015|07:01 am]
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In Wilderness, adult fiction by Diane Thomas. Beautifully written but we can't trust her.

The Discreet Hero, adult fiction by Mario Vargas Llosa, translated by Edith Grossman. 
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(no subject) [Mar. 22nd, 2015|06:02 am]
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Joy in the Morning, adult-ish fiction by Betty Smith.

I'm A Stranger Here Myself, short essays by Bill Bryson.

The Wild Palms, adult fiction by William Faulkner, picked up in a used bookstore with this cover. On the back: "Good Reading for the Millions." 
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(no subject) [Mar. 8th, 2015|04:25 pm]
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Where The Line Bleeds, adult fiction by Jesmyn Ward.

All The Light We Cannot See, adult fiction by Anthony Doerr. A sort of Stephen King inverse, in which the characters we come to love are declared narratively invincible; mostly makes for a deeply satisfying, properly novelly experience but degenerates toward the end as a result.

The White Boy Shuffle, adult fiction by Paul Beatty. I will need to read it two or three more times and possibly teach it in order to get some sort of handle on it; the only text I can think to set alongside it at the moment is Portnoy's Complaint, and I'm probably wrong about that too. 
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(no subject) [Mar. 1st, 2015|07:32 pm]
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Blue Angel, adult fiction by Francine Prose, gift from eb. Bad. (The book, not the gift.)

The Last Thing He Wanted, adult fiction by Joan Didion, gift from eb. Puzzling. (The book, not the gift.)

The Last Samurai, adult fiction by Helen Dewitt, reread. So astonishingly better than her recent and disastrous Lightning Rods that it calls into question the entire concept of satire -- of writing from contempt rather than from love. That or it's a different Helen Dewitt.

Begun and abandoned, Life After Birth, nonfiction for adults by Kate Figes. Tedious.
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(no subject) [Feb. 16th, 2015|04:43 pm]
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Long Division, adult fiction, probably, by Kiese Laymon.

Waiting for Birdy, memoir for adults by Catherine Newman. This is probably not the only pregnancy book you need, but it's the sweetest.

The Happiest Baby on the Block, nonfiction for adults by Harvey Karp.

The Official Lamaze Guide, nonfiction for adults by Judith Lothian and Charlotte DeVries.

Also, haven't read it cover to cover, but Penelope Leach's Your Baby and Child is serving as the current bathroom book and it's pretty wonderful, not so much for specific advice as for overall orientation.

Family Life, adult fiction by Akhil Sharma.

Crossover, middle-grades fiction by Kwame Alexander.

How It Went Down, young-adult fiction by Kekla Magoon.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, young-adult fiction by Betty Smith, reread from childhood.
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(no subject) [Jan. 19th, 2015|08:27 pm]
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Wild, memoir for adults by Cheryl Strayed, via this column. Both recommended.

Birthing From Within, nonfiction for adults by Pam England and Rob Horowitz. Annoying. All watercolors, no physiology. (And from where else would you be birthing anyway? For heaven's sake.) 
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