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Remembering: Lynn Barber’s An Education

Barber, Lynn. An Education. Penguin, 2009. I thought I had posted about this book when I first read it a few years ago. I was mistaken. Some of you may have seen the film of the same name starring Carey … Continue reading

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Twists and Turns in Memory Lane: Monica Dickens’ Joy and Josephine

Dickens, Monica. Joy and Josephine. London: The Book Club, 1949. One of the joys of browsing along library shelves is that you find old books. Perhaps I could better phrase that as “elderly volumes,” books that were published decades ago … Continue reading

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Rambles in Dead End Streets (With a Detour into First Novels): Pat Barker, Nell Dunn, and Eve Garnett.

Barker, Pat. Union Street. London: Virago, 1982. Dunn, Nell. Poor Cow. Introd. Margaret Drabble. 1967. London: Virago: 2013. —. Up the Junction. Drawings Susan Benson. Little Brown 1963. Washington: Counterpoint, 2000. Garnett, Eve. The Family From One End Street. 1937.  Introd. Julia Eccleshare, 2004. … Continue reading

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“How Large Should this Circle Be?”(24): Interrogations in Zadie Smith’s The Embassy of Cambodia

Smith, Zadie. The Embassy of Cambodia. London: Penguin-Hamish Hamilton, 2013. My first thought on taking up The Embassy of Cambodia was a query of definition. Was I reading a novella? sixty-nine pages can hardly be classified as a novel, or … Continue reading

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“Mak[ing] a Story of It”: An Illustrated Elegy.

Shepard, Ernest H. Drawn From Memory. [Methuen 1957] Harmondsworth, Mddx.: Penguin, 1975. One of the books I’ve revisited from my own shelves this summer has been Shepard’s reminiscences of the year before his mother became ill and died. Published in … Continue reading

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Getting What One Deserves: Acts of Will in Zadie Smith’s NW

Smith, Zadie. NW. Toronto: Penguin Canada-Hamish Hamilton, 2012.  Last week, I at last picked up the copy of NW that has been waiting on my shelf since last November. I first became aware of Zadie Smith when PBS aired the … Continue reading

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