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2020 Reading Re-Cap: The Top Ten

If you look back at 2020 as a total loss, you just didn’t spend enough time reading. For me, at least, books were the saving grace of a year of living fearfully. Books were a refuge and an escape, so … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: The Realm of the Real

It’s hard to know what to call non-fiction anymore, given that everything seems to be written with a slant in some direction. Maybe that’s why it’s just easier for me to reach for a novel. But ultimately, the “real” world … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: More Purely Fiction

Many’s the time I’ve been admonished that reading fiction is an indulgence, a waste of time. I see the point. But there’s the rub, I might say (and keep in mind whom I quote). You miss some things along the … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: Purely Fiction

A lot of what passes for reality today seems made-up, so why not just bury ourselves in some good novels and hope for better days. Ten to consider: The Bell Jar: A Novel by Syliva Plath Published 1963 (England) Kindle, … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: A few more voices

I suppose it is my own prosaic life that draws me to read biographies and memoirs. If I were doing anything more interesting than cleaning the chicken coop I wouldn’t have so much time on my hands to read. Here … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: Other Voices

As a child, I lived in an inauspicious neighborhood in a small, inauspicious Midwestern town. Everything about my life was inauspicious, really. Which made my school library, such as it was, seem like a palace. I still remember the day … Continue reading

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Some fizz and some fizzles.

One of the great things about being in a book club is that one ends up being exposed — well, sometimes dragged kicking and screaming — to a different genre, a new point of view, a stretch of one’s reading … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: Lighten Up!

“Wow that year sure flew by” …said absolutely no one about 2020. Yet, somehow there were still more books than time. For the first time ever, I managed to fail my reading goal which makes absolutely no sense given that … Continue reading

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Canceling Culture.

Whew! We’ve finally boot-kicked 2020 to where it belongs – the rear view mirror. Everyone’s circumstances were different, and thus, one’s means of coping varied – (bourbon, anyone?) My personal long distance memory of it might eventually be summed up … Continue reading

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Gimme Shelter.

Is it safe to go out yet? Well, yes and no. In the past week we’ve gone from seeing no one to seeing dozens of people. Encounters with friends, long-postponed appointments, various essential errands. Things are “opening up” we are … Continue reading

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