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Read A Classic: Portnoy’s Complaint

April 13, 2014 | jericha | 10 Comments

Book: Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth Year Published: 1967 First lines: “She was so deeply imbedded in my consciousness that for the first year of school I seem to have believed that each of my teachers was my mother in disguise.” Rating: 4.5 out of 5 […]

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Review: Gunk by Gerry Feehily

April 8, 2014 | Susie | 1 Comment

Book: Gunk by Gerry Feehily Rating: 4.25/5 planks of wood that you awkwardly pose with Recommended if you like: the 80s, stories about the fashion world, very short fiction First Lines: “As a former booker to fashion models, I’ve seen them all, boys and girls, appear […]

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Review: Nothing by Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon

April 4, 2014 | Susie | 7 Comments

Book: Nothing by Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon Rating: 3.5/5 rich kids turned hobo Recommended if you like: the movies Trainspotting, American Beauty, and Mean Girls; angsty books; fire imagery (and you haven’t had your fill of it in the past couple of years); unreliable main characters First line: “Freak.” Published: November […]

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You Should Read This: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

March 14, 2014 | Bridget | 33 Comments

Book: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Rating: 5/5 evil supernatural nannies from another dimension Recommended if you like: Coming of age tales; surreal, fairy tale-type stories; really really vivid prose First Lines: “It was only a duck pond, out […]

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You Should Read This: The Last Days of California by Mary Miller

March 7, 2014 | Susie | 6 Comments

Book: The Last Days of California by Mary Miller Rating: 4.25/5 stops at the casino before the rapture Recommended if you like: books that look at the imperfect underbellies of religious families; coming of age tales; road trip stories First lines: “It was Wednesday and […]

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Review: Marshland by Gareth E. Rees

March 2, 2014 | NeriS | 2 Comments

Book:  Marshland: Dreams and Nightmares on the Edge of London Author:  Gareth E. Rees; Illustrated by Ada Jusic Published:  2013 by Influx Press, London. First Lines:  “My first daughter, Isis, was born in Homerton Hospital in November 2008.  My parents looked after our cocker spaniel, […]

Review: Longbourn by Jo Baker

February 25, 2014 | jericha | 16 Comments

Book: Longbourn Author: Jo Baker Published: Doubleday 2013 First line: “There could be no wearing of clothes without their laundering, just as surely as there could be no going without clothes, not in Hertfordshire anyway, and not in September.” Rating: 3.6 out of 5 soiled […]

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Review: Symptomatic by Danzy Senna

February 19, 2014 | Samantha | 6 Comments

Book: Symptomatic Author: Danzy Senna Published: February 1, 2005, by Riverhead Books First Line: This was the moment I savored every night, when I could see him but he could not see me. Rating: 4.5/5 inappropriate questions pertaining to ambiguous race Recommended if you like: […]

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Review: How They Spend Their Sundays by Courtney McDermott

February 3, 2014 | Susie | 11 Comments

Book: How They Spend Their Sundays by Courtney McDermott Rating: 4/5 daughters in the village who want to stand at the edge of the sea Recommended if you like: Stories that highlight the struggles of women, books that take place in Africa, the nakedness of vulnerable characters, […]

Review: The Whispering Muse by Sjón

January 27, 2014 | Nikki Steele | 7 Comments

Book: The Whispering Muse by Sjón (a proper Icelandic badass) Rating: 3.8/5 Icelanders that are too cool to have more than one name Recommended if you like: The power of myths, the feelz of the sea and wind in your face, and some super intense thoughts on Nordic diets. Also, […]