Category Archives: Reading America

Beyond ‘Brokeback Mountain’: ‘Close Range: Wyoming Stories’ by Annie Proulx

I have been meaning to read ‘Close Range’ for years.  I even managed to kid myself that I’d read most of it, when I found a stand-alone edition of ‘Brokeback Mountain’, the last novella in the collection, at my local … Continue reading

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One of the Best Books You’ve Never Read: ‘The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones’ by Charles Neider

Last year Apollo books published 8 novels in their provocatively titled list ‘The Best Books You’ve Never Read.’  I felt utterly shamed by the collected novels; they were right, I’d read none of them.  The gauntlet had been thrown down, and … Continue reading

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Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson (2004)

I loved ‘Lila’, but more than anything, it left me with the urge to re-read the book that first introduced me to Robinson’s unique and powerful narrative voice.  I’ve now read all three books in this series (‘Gilead’, ‘Home’ and … Continue reading

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Lila, by Marilynne Robinson (2014)

In order to get in before the short-list is announced on Tuesday, I’d like to proclaim that I have review ready for one entry on the Man Booker long list! There really is no one like Marilynne Robinson.  I’ll admit, I don’t read … Continue reading

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How to buy a drink in Prohibition America: ‘Babbitt’ by Sinclair Lewis (1922)

Reading ‘Miss Lonelyhearts’ really got me thinking about prohibition in novels.  It’s funny, because it’s one of those historical events that I have trouble believing ever happened so I keep missing it in fiction, unless banged over the head with … Continue reading

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