man booker 2015: i’m fucked

Things were going along well, so tidy, so well-kempt, all picket fences and Sunday afternoon lawnmowers pushed by men in white shirts with cut-off jeans, baseball caps protecting dear, shiny heads. All signs pointed to Marilynne Robinson for the Man Booker 2015 win. God was in his heaven. I sat on the front porch sipping …

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man booker 2015: one expert’s flawed opinions

Lo, these many years I have participated in the largely futile game of guessing the Man Booker winner. I've had successes and failures but mostly it's a maddening exercise in literary addiction, tinged with galloping insanity. Nevertheless, I am always happy to offer an opinion totally devoid of actual research or, really, much effort at …

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How to Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman

Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Picador; Reprint edition (November 4, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 1250054451 ISBN-13: 978-1250054456   2015 is starting out to be My Year of the Creepy Thriller. That's not a bad thing; it's always been one of my very favorite genres. It's choosing to read them one after the other that isn't my usual …

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Adeline by Norah Vincent

Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 7, 2015) Language: English $ 23.00   The degree of difficulty involved in writing Adeline must have been great. I can't imagine how long Vincent spent reading bios about Woolf, her letters and diaries. I'm deeply impressed by the breadth of scholarship involved. In her notes, she …

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In Her Absence by Antonio Munoz Molina

Paperback: 134 pages Publisher: Other Press; Softcover edition (July 17, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 1590512537 ISBN-13: 978-1590512531   With a husband who's an average workaday bureaucrat, married to a beautiful wife longing to leave their provincial town for the excitement of life in the city, In Her Absence is  at first reminiscent of Flaubert's Madame Bovary. In …

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (September 9, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 0385353308 ISBN-13: 978-0385353304 $24.95   [Kirsten] Raymonde: ... Look, I was eight. Nine, when we stopped walking. I can't remember the year we spent on the road, and I think that means I can't remember the worst of it. But my …

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It Was Me All Along: A Memoir by Andie Mitchell

Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: Clarkson Potter (January 6, 2015) Language: English ISBN-10: 0770433243 ISBN-13: 978-0770433246   Mitchell's book is far from my average reading genre. The memoirs I choose are generally literary: about literary figures, memoirs about reading, travel memoirs or books written in a literary style. It Was Me All Along is none of …

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