Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Genius of Dogs by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods

This book is not, as you may have assumed (because I did), completely about dogs and the genius of that species.  Hare describes himself as an anthropologist who studies the behaviour of many animals, but his passion is for dogs.  … Continue reading

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The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin

Many of the novels on the Booker Prize shortlist are quite short this year.  This one is 82 pages long.  It is about a woman who needs no introduction, so that is perhaps why Toibin can get away with it.  … Continue reading

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Harvest by Jim Crace

That time of year has come around again and the Booker Prize Shortlist has been announced. This is the first year that Americans have been included in the prize but this writer is British. The book is set in deepest, … Continue reading

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Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

This is the tragic story of a fifteen year old girl who either jumped or fell off her school roof and died.  The story starts with her death, which is ruled as a suicide, but her mother does not believe … Continue reading

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Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel

This is the second Mantel book I have read which features characters who are dead and communicate with the living.  I wonder if Mantel believes in such things.  I do not, but that did not stop me from very much … Continue reading

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Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell

I visited the Hawaiian island of Maui last year and their unique mix of being aware of their long-term history and having an ancient culture yet still being part of the USA got me wondering how and why that had … Continue reading

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Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell book club discussion questions

The Las Vegas Non-Fiction book group will be meeting tomorrow to discuss Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell.  These are the questions I will use to keep the discussion going. What do you think of Sarah Vowell’s tone? How would you … Continue reading

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