Category Archives: book

BOOK-SHAMING

Have you ever been ashamed of a book you are reading? In an ideal world, we would not care what others may think of our book choices. In an ideal world, we wouldn’t judge others by what they are reading. … Continue reading

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FIVE FAVORITE BLOGS

  If you’re like me, you don’t like to spend much time reading blogs. (That’s one reason I keep this one to 300 words or less.) However, there are many blogs out there that are clearly written and full of … Continue reading

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WHAT MATTERS MOST

Paul Kalanithi, MD was concerned with what matters most in life after he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer at 36 years of age. In the short time he had left, he wrote When Breath Becomes Air, which is being … Continue reading

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WHAT I’M READING: ALICE MUNRO

I prefer reading books of fiction for pleasure. I wish I could get as excited about non-fiction and sometimes I do; Atul Gawande, John McPhee, Daphne Merkin, Michael Pollan, Janet Malcolm snag me every time. However, fiction is my first … Continue reading

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BOOKS AS COMFORT FOOD

In times of stress, some people turn to comfort food; I turn to books. Books don’t have any calories and they give us comfort food for thought. This weekend, in the aftermath of Friday night’s horror in Paris, BuzzFeed Books’ … Continue reading

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BEHIND THE CURVE

I seem always to be behind the curve—whatever the curve happens to be. Take the latest fashions—please. In another couple of years, when they begin to look possibly wearable to me, they’ll be out of style. Unfortunately, it’s the same … Continue reading

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FACT EMBEDDED IN FICTION

I prefer reading fact embedded in fiction. Last week, I met with a Wareham, Massachusetts book group to discuss Jacksonland, a history of the shameful forced removal of native Americans from their ancestral lands. The history, by Steve Inskeep, an NPR … Continue reading

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IN THE BEGINNING

Earlier this week, The Atlantic carried an interview with Stephen King in which he declared that he spends months and even years writing the beginning sentences of his novels. In this blog and elsewhere I have written about the power of … Continue reading

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WHY GOODREADS IS GOOD FOR ALL

This week I was looking for a few “good reads” for six-year-olds and spent a lot of time perusing Goodreads. It’s a terrific website and I recommend it to anyone who loves books. I first became acquainted with the site … Continue reading

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Bi or ByeBye?

A married man divorces his wife because“something is missing” in their marriage. She is surprised that he is unhappy and heartbroken that their marriage is over. It is only later than she learns he is gay (or maybe bisexual?) and … Continue reading

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