Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

This novel is fifteen years old now, and I think I may be the last woman on Earth to read it. It is certainly a novel for women, because it is written by a woman and it is about women … Continue reading

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The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

This novel was on various authors’ “best of 2013” lists. I think it may have been on Lionel Shriver’s and I adore her, so this got bumped up on my “to-read” list. In fact, the voice of our protagonist is … Continue reading

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Why is the Penis Shaped Like That? by Jesse Bering

  If you do not feel that you are not particularly interested in the shape of penises, don’t let the title of this book put you off. The subtitle is “… and other reflections on being human” which is a … Continue reading

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Insurgent by Veronica Roth

This is the second in the young adult Divergent series. It is another fast-paced, exciting ride. Our hero Tris has got a little older now, much angrier and quite a bit ruder to other people (despite her upbringing to be … Continue reading

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Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda

The story covers a couple of months in the life of a few people who live in a neighbourhood in Brooklyn. Like many areas of New York City, the neighbourhood is home to some well-off people who own whole Brownstone … Continue reading

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The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

This was on someone-or-other’s list of “best books of the year.” I think it was a writer that I very much like, so I trusted their recommendation. It is a novel with fairly well-developed characters. Our protagonist is an architect … Continue reading

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The Shallows by Nicholas Carr

The subtitle of this book is “what the internet is doing to our brains,” but Carr spends quite a lot of pages at the beginning telling us about our brains in general and how other developments (such as inventing writing) … Continue reading

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