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17 december 2014

Dogsong is young-adult adventure played out at the highest possible testosterone level.     read more


16 december 2014

Harlan Coben keeps writing the same novel over and over again, though you won't hear me complain about it.     read more


8 december 2014

Ester Wier's novel The Loner, a Newbery Honor book for 1964, is a spare, suspensefully told story of an outcast boy finding his place in the world.     read more


6 december 2014

Thirty years ago, I was an adjunct English lecturer, teaching Charles Dickens's novel Hard Times in freshman composition courses. Having no professional future, but being a completist about reading – actually both those characterizations still fit me – I set out to read all of Dickens's novels. I had read a few when I was a child: David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations. I read them again, and set off across the Dickens canon on a mission.     read more

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