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Written by Jan Kline six years ago

Hearts as Idiots: Two Versions

I’ve just finished two very different books, but realized that they had a common thread after all: the places you end up by listening to your heart (or possibly your ego, libido, or a combination of all the above). The

Written by Jan Kline six 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 six years ago

Elsewhere: a Memoir, by Richard Russo

I’ve loved Russo’s novels forever, and noticed that a lot of them had absent or flaky fathers, so I always wondered if this was part of his past. Elsewhere cleared that up: Russo’s father did leave when Richard was a

Written by Jan Kline six years ago

The Three Styles of Mooning: Too Good to Be True, by Benjamin Anastas

This is another in my Bad Parenting series, this time with two generations of bad dads: the author’s father mortifies his children by mooning his friends in public on a regular basis; the author by sliding so far financially that

Written by Jan Kline seven 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 eight years ago

Chinaberry Sidewalks: a Memoir, by Rodney Crowell

Have complaints about the way you were parented? Did Mom and Dad favor a sibling, buy you downmarket toys, crack corny jokes in public? Read this memoir and you may be shamed into shutting your pie hole. Texas singer/songwriter Rodney

Written by Jan Kline eight 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 eight years ago

Just Kids, by Patti Smith

Poet and singer/songwriter Patti Smith won the National Book Award for nonfiction with this memoir of her life with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Seen through the filter of a few decades, and the loss of Mapplethorpe to AIDS in 1989, it’s

Written by Jan Kline eight years ago

Another Virus, Another Three Books

Nothing like a debilitating head cold to send you diving into some fiction. Luckily I had lots around the house when the latest snot tsunami hit. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin This one had been languishing on my bookshelf at home,

Written by Jan Kline nine years ago

Eat, Pray, Love

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love is still on my “to read” list, though I’ve read and enjoyed her fiction (Stern Men, from 2001). I’d better get to it soon — the movie, starring Julia Roberts, is coming out in August.