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Books | “State by State” takes readers on an offbeat road trip across the country

Books | “State by State” takes readers on an offbeat road trip across the country | Seattle Times Newspaper: ‘State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America’ is an intriguing collection of essays and snapshots on the 50 states as seen through the eyes of 50 writers. In a modern update of the series referred […]

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Book Recommendations: The Books That Changed Your Lives

Book Recommendations: The Books That Changed Your Lives Here’s an interesting post for readers. Late last week the folks at Lifehacker asked readers to post about the books that have changed their lives. In this post they compile the top vote-getters. (Warning: One commenter said that the summaries give away too many plot points about

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50 States of Literature: Heading On Down to Colorado | Columbia Spectator

50 States of Literature: Heading On Down to Colorado | Columbia Spectator The Columbia Spectator cruises into Colorado with Kent Haruf’s novel Plainsong: Here, patches of snow sit among blue mounds of sandhill and dead sunflowers drop their loaded heads onto the black-top roads. In this atmosphere we find a land at once modernized and

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50 States of Literature: Georgia On Our Minds | Columbia Spectator

50 States of Literature: Georgia On Our Minds | Columbia Spectator Tayari Jones’ debut, Leaving Atlanta, is set during the 1979 Atlanta Child Murders, at which time a total of 29 black children were killed. Three kids tell their stories: Tasha, struggling daily to stay in favor with her friends, Rodney, branded as too soft

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Four quite different memoirists help to prove the vitality of the literary form

Four quite different memoirists help to prove the vitality of the literary form John Marshall, book critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, briefly discusses four memoirs that “demonstrate the genre’s vitality and variety.” The four cover very different subjects: childhood in Africa divorce alternative lifestyle–“living green” mental illness

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50 States of Literature: Exploring in Maryland | Columbia Spectator

50 States of Literature: Exploring in Maryland | Columbia Spectator Columbia Spectator‘s 50 States of Literature series continues with Anne Tyler’s novel A Patchwork Planet, where the main character, Barnaby Gaitlin, lives just outside of Baltimore: The quiet neighborhood outside of Baltimore serves to nestle Barnaby with its “big, tall spruce trees” and “damp, chilly

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50 States of Literature: Meandering Through West Virginia

50 States of Literature: Meandering Through West Virginia | Columbia Spectator From the hills of West Virginia comes Ann Pancake’s debut Strange as This Weather Has Been, based on real events and interviews from an Appalachian mining town. Lace See and Jimmy Make fall in love in the era of the Buffalo Creek Disaster. Twenty

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50 States of Literature: Heads in Hawaii | Columbia Spectator

50 States of Literature: Heads in Hawaii | Columbia Spectator The Columbia Spectator heads to Hawaii with the novel Heads by Harry: Lois-ann Yamanaka is exceptionally gifted at making the unusual and unsavory seem exotic and entrancing—taxidermy is “true art, not a painting or poem, inaccurate and prone to interpretation, but breathing life into flesh

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50 States of Literatue: A Trip to Wild Alaska

50 States of Literatue: A Trip to Wild Alaska | Columbia Spectator The Columbia Spectator is back, with its entry for Alaska,  The Man Who Swam With Beavers, a collection of short stories by Nancy Lord. “At the heart of the conservation debate, and with a population divided between Native Americans, recent locals, and businessmen,

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