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Posts from the ‘Sensible Shoes: Book Reviews’ Category

The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Yes, I read and liked Eat, Pray, Love like the rest of female America of a certain age. But I also enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert’s earlier fiction, especially Stern Men, set in the world of Maine’s lobster fishing industry. Read more

Want Not, by Jonathan Miles

Anyone who can embroider a letter of complaint into a great tragicomic novel is worth following, in my book. So when I heard that Jonathan Miles (author of Dear American Airlines) had a new one out, my page turning finger started to itch. Read more

Dissident Gardens, by Jonathan Lethem

I’ve missed the last few books by Jonathan Lethem, but remember liking some of his earlier ones, especially Motherless Brooklyn, an unforgettable novel about a detective with Tourette syndrome. Read more

& Sons, by David Gilbert

I seem to be on a jag: novels about novelists. I was wowed by Meg Wolitzer’s The Wife, and before that, loved David Gilbert’s & Sons. Read more

My Education, by Susan Choi

This novel starts off typically enough with a grad student crush on a charismatic professor. Read more

The Wife, by Meg Wolitzer

I knew I liked Meg Wolitzer before I read her latest,The Interestings, but afterwards I was inspired to look for her older novels, something I only do with my very favorite authors. Read more

Jacob’s Folly, by Rebecca Miller

If you read a book about an eighteenth century Jewish peddler being transformed into a housefly, I think it’s best if you aren’t reminded of Kafka’s Metamorphosis. But maybe that’s just me. Read more