Monthly Archives: June 2018

This is why your children were returned to you shoeless, jacketless, covered in mud, and full of fantastic stories. “Where’d You Go Bernadette?” by Maria Semple

Many of you fellow Cannonballers read this one and you folks are not ambivalent about it. It appears to be a like it or leave it situation. I gotta say, I thought it was tremendous.  This is a modern tale that … Continue reading

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I’m not in the habit of boring people with my biography. “A Fine Imitation” by Amber Brock.

I think that I have already mentioned that I am a sucker for a good book cover and especially prone to snatch up ones that have an intriguing photo of a retro lady looking wistful and full of feelings.  This … Continue reading

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Pain could be measured, whereas love often couldn’t even be located. “Dunbar” by Edward St. Aubyn

This book is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series. I previously reviewed Chevalier’s New Boy from the series. It was a FANTASTIC take on Othello. A year or so ago, I read Atwood’s spin on the Tempest ,  Hag-Seed, but didn’t really care for it.  Dunbar … Continue reading

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does he have a horse? is that what this is about? does he have a sword gun or a railroad or a ..a nice hat or something? “Texts From Jane Eyre” by Mallory Ortberg

I stumbled upon Ortberg’s hilarious “How to Tell if You are in a Jane Austen Novel”  a while back on The Toast  web site so when this popped up as a Goodreads recommendation I took it to heart.  A quick … Continue reading

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There was no choice, really. Is there ever between the darkness and the light? You walk toward the smile rather than the frown. “New Boy” by Tracy Chevalier

This book is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series. I read Margaret Atwood’s book in the series, Hag-Seed, a year or so ago but wasn’t crazy about her play within a play retelling of the Tempest. I’m reading Edward St. … Continue reading

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A quick prayer in gratitude of pleasure. “Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows” by Balli Kaur Jaswal

This one hit my radar when it was put up for vote in my book club. It didn’t make the cut, but when I saw it at the library I snagged it and I’m glad that I did. This is … Continue reading

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If Gaslight and Single White Female had a baby. “Tangerine: A Novel” by Christine Mangan

I admit to judging  books by their covers. Generally, that pans out for me. This one had a great cover  AND a promising teaser from Joyce Carol Oates: As if Donna Tartt, Gillian Flynn, and Patricia Highsmith had collaborated on … Continue reading

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