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Shelf Life: Reading Retrospective, Finale.

That sound? Sometimes it ticks and tocks, sometimes it whooshes. It was another year, flown by, and me no closer to my goal of reading EVERYTHING. I am as guilty as anyone of reading fluff, ephemera, and the National Enquirer … Continue reading

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Shelf Life: Reading Retrospective, Part 5

Nothing good can come from trying to read in a car. And I have the queasy memories to prove it. Among them, “I’m hot, Mom”, moaned my then seven-year-old son, who had surreptitiously hauled a stack of books into the … Continue reading

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Shelf Life: 2016 Reading Retrospective, Part 3

It was the fall of 1986 and we had driven from Paris to Dijon. I can’t imagine it now – no Google Maps, no TripAdvisor, no knowledge of the French language and no hotel or dining reservations. We were armed with … Continue reading

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Shelf Life: 2016 Reading Retrospective, Part 2

I remember March and April of 2016 for the harsh glare of the California sun. In theory, endless days of sunshine sounds like a good thing, but amid our waning hopes for rain it felt like a dusty curse. Some … Continue reading

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Beautiful, Beautiful Book Soup, Part III: July through December

In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Mock Turtle sings of “beautiful, beautiful soup”. To me there is none more beautiful than the kind of a little of this and a pinch of that stirred in to make a year’s worth … Continue reading

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Book Soup, Part II: Stirring the Pot, January through June

Nothing is yummier than a big pot of Book Soup. My own recipe involves lots of cooks in the kitchen: I’m in three book clubs, so many of the books I read last year were chosen by others. Sometimes that … Continue reading

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Book Soup, Part 1: My Top Ten Reads of 2014

Life has recently been throwing lemons my way like a ball machine shoots out tennis balls. Thwack! Boom! Ouch! Every time I turn around, it seems, there’s  another big juicy lemon headed straight for me. Do I make lemonade? Nah. I … Continue reading

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