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The Memory of Things, by Gae Polisner (2016)

The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner My rating: 5 of 5 stars Severe clear. Such an ominous sounding term for a perfect sky. But somehow, when tragedy strikes, people remember the sky. In documentaries about the JFK assassination, a … Continue reading

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My Kind of Crazy, by Robin Reul (2016)

Were I in high school, I would totally have a crush on Peyton Breedlove. She’s one of those weird girls who wears tee shirts emblazoned with 1970’s rock band logos, and ripped jeans with smiley faces drawn on her exposed … Continue reading

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“Hello?”, by Liza Wiemer (2015)

There are so many different openings I came up with to review Liza Wiemer’s miracle of a novel, “Hello?”, yet not one of them really works. I thought of the REM song lyric, “Everybody hurts, sometimes.” In “Hello?”, everybody hurts … Continue reading

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Dorothy Parker Drank Here, by Ellen Meister (2015)

One of my favorite things about “Dorothy Parker Drank Here” is learning that author Ellen Meister has created a series starring the sharp-tongued Mrs. Parker. Book #1 was the excellent “Farewell, Dorothy Parker.” “Dorothy Parker Drank Here” is the second … Continue reading

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Dirty London, by Kelley York (2014)

London Noble is a high school senior, who—unlike most of her counterparts—doesn’t want to be popular. She really just wants to fly under the radar, unnoticed, till she can graduate and move on. Her life is complicated by her younger … Continue reading

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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Anne Fowler (2013)

Years ago, I was out drinking with a friend who was having marital problems. He was on his third marriage to the same woman, a decidedly unstable woman at that. I couldn’t help but ask him, “Dave, WHY do you … Continue reading

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Farewell, Dorothy Parker, by Ellen Meister (2013)

Violet Epps is a famous film critic for America’s top weekly entertainment magazine. Her specialty—the very core of her celebrity—is her acerbic skewering of bad films. So arrogant are her reviews, that it’s difficult to believe how shy she is … Continue reading

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