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Thu, February 27th, 2014
Let Him Go
Posted by: Gary Niebuhr

Sometimes setting can make a novel something special.  That is certainly true for Let Him Go by Larry Watson.  Watson was born in North Dakota and has used the west before in his works including the magnificent Montana 1948, one of my sure-bet book discussion titles. In this go-around, we are in the 1950s in […]

Tue, February 25th, 2014
Posted by: MaryKate Perry

I don’t have much history with graphic novels.  My husband has a collection of Marvel comics from the 1970′s, featuring superheroes flanked by large-busted women in metal bras. I avoid the dusty, lurid pile.  I read Babymouse and Diary of a Wimpy Kid because my children were reading them.  I am not completely immune to the charms of Babymouse - […]

Fri, February 21st, 2014
“Beggars in Spain” by Nancy Kress
Posted by: Misha Stone

This month my book group discussed Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress and what a wonderful discussion we had! It is clear that Beggars in Spain will be a hard act to follow. Beggars in Spain started out as a novella that won Kress a Hugo and a Nebula. Kress decided to build upon her […]

Thu, February 20th, 2014
Pan-demonium: Peter and the Starcatcher(s)
Posted by: Neil Hollands

Since 2004, humorist Dave Barry and mystery writer Ridley Pearson have turned their attention to a beloved young adult series, re-imagining J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan  in their Peter and the Starcatchers books (there are five to date, plus three related junior books in the Never Land series). They begin by looking at the origin […]

Sun, February 16th, 2014
Best American Short Stories 2013
Posted by: Gary Niebuhr

The Best American Short Stories 2013, edited by Elizabeth Strout and Heidi Pitlor, rocks. That’s it. Sorry–I was trying to make more time to read short stories.  I do not know if it is an age factor or not, but in my dotage I find myself attracted to the short form as the long form […]

Fri, February 14th, 2014
Off the Beaten Trek: John Scalzi’s Redshirts
Posted by: Neil Hollands

The death of red-shirted crewmen from the original Star Trek series has become a part of our pop culture landscape. Most of us know that a “redshirt” is a sacrificial lamb, a bit of living collateral damage that will be sacrificed for the larger good, probably about the time of the first commercial. John Scalzi’s […]

Tue, February 11th, 2014
Nevil Shute’s “A Town Like Alice”
Posted by: Misha Stone

There are books that you hear about for years from numerous readers. They say that it can take three times for you to hear about a book before you read it. So, there are times when it can be difficult to discern why it may have taken you 50 times before you finally pick a […]

Mon, February 10th, 2014
Diving into Nonfiction
Posted by: Neil Hollands

I’m late in the list of readers to take in the pleasures of Robert Kurson’s 2004 book, Shadow Divers. It’s a wonderful book, but I think most of you already knew that. So instead of talking just about Shadow Divers, I’ll use it as an example in exploring a broader question: what kind of nonfiction […]

Thu, February 6th, 2014
The Power of Small Actions
Posted by: MaryKate Perry

Please welcome my guest blogger, Ryan Warner, who lives in Olympia Washington with his wife and son.  He fell in love with discovery and learning at a very young age and is never without a book. As an idealistic young person, I believed (as did many of my peers) that a great wave of revolution […]

Wed, February 5th, 2014
Men We Reaped
Posted by: Gary Niebuhr

Race may be one of the most difficult topics to confront in America.  Everyone has an opinion and no one has a solution.  We both obsess on it and ignore it every day in our interactions with each other.  We are all victims in some fashion or other. In Men We Reaped: a Memoir by […]

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