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6 11, 2016

Ann Patchett Does It Again

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:12+00:00 November 6th, 2016|good fiction, sandwiches, soups|0 Comments

Ann Patchett is getting to be a favorite author around here. Commonwealth, her latest, opens at an alcohol-fueled christening party. Imagine yourself, a cop, father of the new baby, opening the door to find a colleague ready to step across your threshold, uninvited. And by the time the party’s over, he and your wife are in love. Commonwealth wastes little time on the spark that [...]

12 06, 2016

Let’s Talk Secret Wishes

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:15+00:00 June 12th, 2016|good fiction, main dishes, salads|0 Comments

We’ve all harbored at least one impossible dream. Mine was to perform magic like Samantha from Bewitched. I’ve got a few others, too. But, based on how my prayers about twitching my nose got answered, I don’t hold out a lot of hope for the rest of my list. In Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, a black girl in an Ohio town wishes for blue eyes. [...]

16 03, 2015

Why Do You Think They Call it the Second World War?

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:26+00:00 March 16th, 2015|good fiction, sandwiches, Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s too bad they were fighting a war in Mark Helprin’s A Soldier of the Great War, because all the hills and valleys Helprin wrote about make me want to call a travel agent, […]