Out Loud  / shorts: short stories/short books/short reviews

Written by Jan Kline four years ago

Six Recent Reads

In the past few months I’ve been reading like there’s no tomorrow. Here’s my attempt to catch up the blogging to the reading. The Boy in the Suitcase, by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis. This was a book club read,

Written by Jan Kline five years ago

Some Reads for Summer

Here are a few titles I’ve enjoyed recently. The New Republic, by Lionel Shriver. I enjoyed her 2010 novel So Much for That, so looked forward to reading this one. Shriver’s humor is pitch black, and this one is no

Written by Jan Kline six years ago

The Rude Awakening of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler

I didn’t realize when I bought this audiobook on sale that it was a sequel, though now that I’ve listened to it, I may go back and get the earlier book. There seems to be a whole genre of Jane

Written by Jan Kline six years ago

Where the God of Love Hangs Out, by Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom has a knack for coming up with catchy titles — one of her earlier works was A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You. Where the God of Love Hangs Out is a collection of interconnected

Written by Jan Kline six years ago

Three Short Takes

These aren’t short books. I’m just short on time to blog about them, and wanted to get something in before they fade completely from memory. The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery This one took a while to take

Written by Jan Kline seven years ago

January Wrap-Up

Before they completely fade from memory, some very short reviews of books read during January’s excellent reading weather: The Writing Class, by Jincy Willett Willett develops a cast of real characters in this one. She’s obviously spent some time in

Written by Jan Kline eight years ago

A Complicated Kindness

I read this one on the recommendation of Leanne, Kennedy Library’s former architecture librarian. Leanne is Canadian, and told me that this is one of her favorite (oops — favourite) Canadian novels. It’s a coming of age story with an

Written by Jan Kline eight years ago

Michael Chabon: Manhood for Amateurs

This is Michael Chabon’s first book of nonfiction. In subjects ranging from his bond with his brother to his search for a “murse” (male purse) to why he loves Jose Canseco, Chabon gives us a detailed glimpse into his sometimes-deep,

Written by Jan Kline eight years ago

Lowboy, part II

Just a short review on this one, since I wrote about it when it arrived last month. This book lived up to the hype, in my opinion. I only wish I’d had time to read it without interruption, so I

Written by Jan Kline eight years ago

Money Walks: An Experiment in Serial Storytelling

From the LA Times: This is the first chapter in an experiment in serial storytelling called “Money Walks” that we will publish in Calendar during the next three weeks. Every weekday and Saturday between now and April 24, we will