Books to consider, pt. 3 – more fiction

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. The author of The Underground Railroad has done it again, this time with a story of a prison-like reform school in Florida.  Worse-than-Dickensian abuse occurred throughout this narrative, based on the real-life revelation five years ago about the Dozier School for Boys in the Florida panhandle town of Marianna.  …

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Books to consider, pt. 2- fiction

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout.  If you enjoyed Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge , you will love reading Olive, Again, the sequel. Oh, to be able to write like  Elizabeth Strout! Olive is sui generis……..except I find in myself an occasional alarming similarity to some of her traits.  There’s still her craggy, occasionally harsh humor, …

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Fiction suggestions, as promised

Regular readers of my blog have expressed their displeasure that, when I wrote my last blog on non-fiction books, I promised a follow-up blog with my recent adventures in fiction but failed to do so.  In the spirit of some unnamed Virginia politicians, I apologize for the lapse and humbly offer the following. The Orphan …

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