April 30, 2013
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Snapping Back on Life and Family

“Although he has an electric guitar collection worth well into the thousands of dollars and owes more than $70,000 in student loans, he’ll never part with the guitars and he feels no moral obligation to pay back the loans.” Michael Ward reviews A Rubber Band is an Unlikely Instrument.

April 18, 2013
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Whimsical + Creepy = Wonderful

“Karen Russell is weird. And I mean that as a compliment.” Nikki Stern reviews Karen Russell’s Vampires in the Lemon Grove.

April 2, 2013
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A Boat, a River, and the Specter of Forgetting

“Jacobs is at his most poignant when reading through his father’s diary and rediscovering the naivete and delusions of youth.” Michael Ward reviews Michael Jacobs’s travel memoir.

March 26, 2013
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No Casual Dismissal

“I never for a moment felt like laughing. That’s because these people seemed too real, their escalating miseries too close at hand, to warrant the sly smile or knowing chuckle.” Nikki Stern reviews J.K. Rowling least Harry novel.

March 25, 2013
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It’s Different for Girls

“It made it okay to watch because a crazy chick makes interesting television; even more, it makes up a show that is bigger than the small lives of four privileged Brooklyn girls. It has a message about illness.” Jaime Franchi wants her Girls back.

March 11, 2013
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The First Two Hundred Pages of Finnegan’s Wake

“The review of the entire book is forthcoming, but I could not possibly put a date on it.” Carl Foster has gotten as far as anyone he knows.

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