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Whole New Year

Hi All, Sorry to have been so lax here, but I’ve been busy visiting family, recovering from the creeping crud, and getting the garden planned. I’ve re-dedicated myself to actually getting the garden up and running and feeding us this year (no small task in a yard that is mostly shaded).  I have hopes for Read More

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2017 Spring Picks

I know you’re probably busy finishing up your year,  finding gifts for family & friends, and making the rounds this holiday season—so I’ll just leave this here until you get a minute to read it. Publishers Weekly came out with their top picks for Spring 2017. I thought you might like to know. Exit West Mohsin Read More

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It’s Jolabokaflod Time Again

That’s right, Jolabokaflod (Yo-la-bo-ka-flood)—or Christmas Book Flood (technically Yule Book Flood, but you get the idea). Yes, this great Icelandic tradition of gifting books for the holiday season is upon us. And how can you NOT love it? Last year T & I swapped  books on Christmas Eve, which (honestly) we enjoyed far more than the Read More

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Beatty Wins Man-Booker

Paul Beatty is this year’s Man-Booker prize winner for his novel The Sellout. He is the first American author to have ever won the prize since its incarnation in 1968. Which probably says a lot about how the Brits view American writers and culture. The fact that they chose this novel, a scathing (and humorous) criticism on Read More

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2016 Man Booker Longlist Announced

The Man Booker longlist, announced this morning, consists of 13 titles vying for the £50,000 (about $65,682 USD) Man Booker Prize. The list will be winnowed even further on September 13th, when the shortlist is revealed. The winner will be announced on October 25th. The long-list contenders are: The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New Read More

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Holiday Weekend…

Happy early 4th & belated Canada Day! As usual, it’s a rainy 4th of July weekend here in North Carolina — which, honestly, suits me just fine. We’ve had very few fireworks in the neighborhood, and if this year is anything like last year, we have one neighbor who goes all out and puts on Read More