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11 02, 2018

Headed to the Olympics

By | 2018-02-11T15:09:35+00:00 February 11th, 2018|good fiction|0 Comments

To read Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me is to spend a week in a world completely closed to most of us: competitive gymnastics. From my first broken-spoke of a cartwheel back in 4th-grade, I knew I’d have to pick a more earthbound dream. Yep, I am no Devon Knox, the wunderkind gymnast of Abbott’s story. Young Devon was born to run, tumble and [...]

21 01, 2018

Who’s For Going Back to High School?

By | 2018-01-21T20:04:05+00:00 January 21st, 2018|good fiction|0 Comments

Imagine you’re a fat girl, with bright red hair. Curly red hair. Today’s your first day at a high school in the Flats of West Omaha. You get on the bus and hope you can find a seat. It’s like walking into a den of panthers. They can stare at you. Or they can just go ahead and sink in their fangs into your [...]

14 01, 2018

Clear Your Schedule for This One

By | 2018-01-14T19:56:12+00:00 January 14th, 2018|good fiction|0 Comments

While you know I love reading, you may not know that I approach it like patient, measuring out dosages. Must finish this book by Thursday, which means I must read this many pages at lunch time. This method started when I attempted Don Quixote, which was so challenging that I had to break up the not-very-engaging story into bearable pieces. And now I have [...]

17 12, 2017

Let’s Go To Amerikay

By | 2017-12-17T20:42:40+00:00 December 17th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

I’m working my way through a list of ethnic museums in Chicago. Got the Ukrainians and the Greeks checked off. (Hey, Latvians, I tried, but if you’re going to tell Google Maps you’re running a museum, might be nice if you find a nice little volunteer to open the place up. Or you could try posting your hours on the door. I don’t like [...]

3 12, 2017

Less Depressing than Jane Eyre

By | 2017-12-03T19:13:54+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|good fiction|1 Comment

It’s been a while since I read a story wherein someone wore a “frock.” Frocks were how heroines dressed back when I learned to read, so that should tell you the era of this week’s book. In Mary Stewart’s Nine Coaches Waiting, Linda Martin leaves an English orphanage to accept a governess position in a French manor. (To be clear, she’s an orphan at [...]

26 11, 2017

Irishness 201

By | 2017-11-26T18:58:43+00:00 November 26th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Remember when we talked about this book? Author David Lynch filled us in on all the fortunes and misfortunes of today’s Irish.   Lynch showed us what you might see on the Irish street, or in the Irish bureaucrat’s office. Getting in to the Irish head and heart is a job for another author and, fortunately, Lynch tells us which one to look for: Roddy Doyle. [...]

12 11, 2017

Is Your BFF Like This?

By | 2017-11-12T20:18:48+00:00 November 12th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

If you’re a little bummed that your summer months of sandals and cold lemonade have abandoned you and you now have to bundle up against the wind, Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam may soothe your wounded soul a bit. You will meet Sarah, an Upper East Side girl, and Lauren, her best friend since grade school. The novel’s name comes from an overheard [...]

5 11, 2017

What Do We Do With Dad?

By | 2017-11-05T20:19:52+00:00 November 5th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

When I opened up Louise Dean’s The Old Romantic, I met a cast of miserable people being miserable to each other. There’s Nick Goodyew, who has spent his adulthood getting away from the kind of dad who talks like this: “[I]f you start to finkin about what other people are going through. . .” Or this: “[M]iserable excuse for a youman bein’.” Nick changes [...]

29 10, 2017

Get Your Mormon Primer Here!

By | 2017-10-29T18:59:08+00:00 October 29th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Take one normal Mormon housewife, busy keeping up with the laundry and the Relief Society president’s meal requests. Throw in a husband who’s a bishop, which means she’s now got people showing up on her doorstep with tear-stained faces, people calling at all hours. That should be enough to kickstart Mette Ivie Harrison’s novel, The Bishop’s Wife. Then people go missing. Or dead people [...]

17 09, 2017

For Those of You That Like Do-Overs

By | 2017-09-17T19:21:45+00:00 September 17th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Kate Atkinson’s hefty story, Life After Life, can make a reader dizzy, even while sitting in a solid, comfy chair. It follows the life of Ursula Todd, a British banker’s daughter, born on a snowy night back in the days when people sang songs like “By the Light of the Silvery Moon.” The trick about this “life” of Ursula’s is that she dies and [...]