Category Archives: I read it!

Toby: A Man

I don’t want to spoil it, so only a brief and very vague review: It’s great. Todd only gets better with this one, his writing unforced, funny, gentle, and melancholy. And hopeful. Toby: A Man poses a question that has … Continue reading

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The Penelopiad

This weekend has been especially fruitful for reading. I’ve finished Margaret Atwood’s retelling of the Odyssey story from the point of view of the women left behind, and started on Zadie Smith’s On Beauty. The Penelopiad is a quick read, … Continue reading

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The Autograph Man

I am getting lots of reading done during my break! And I have finally finished Zadie Smith’s The Autograph Man, which was a birthday present from last year. It’s good; quirky characters that still manage to be human beings. We … Continue reading

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Choke Hold

Finally, I read it. And it’s good. Lots of familiar stuff here. You know, these Alberta boys who are smart and well-educated but still drink too much and find elaborate excuses to avoid dealing with emotional stuff so they end … Continue reading

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Riding With Rilke

Instead of reading my assigned book to review, I spent the weekend finishing Ted Bishop’s Riding With Rilke. It’s been on my reading list for ages, but I never got around to it. And then, in the past little while, … Continue reading

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JPod

I got to review Douglas Coupland’s latest novel for the Journal. You can read the long version on Sunday, but here’s a preview: it’s good! I have to admit that I’ve never fully read any of his books. I suspect … Continue reading

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The Girls

I have a twin sister. As many of you know, our relationship is strange. I always thought I would write a novel about twin sisters, one from the perspective of one sister and then tuuurn the book over, and it’s … Continue reading

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Never Let Me Go

Kazuo Ishiguro is awesome. I read Remains of the Day in high school or maybe it was during my undergrad. In either case, when I was quite young, and then I had my book drought when his next couple books … Continue reading

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Take a look, it’s in a book.

It’s true that reading is a superior form of entertainment. And I’m so glad to be back to reading fiction! You see, after I finished my M.A. (in 1997! I am so old!) I kinda went postpartum and couldn’t read … Continue reading

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