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contemporary fiction

Long ago, when I first started blogging about books, I read A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka. It was cute enough, so when I came across another of her novels, Strawberry Fields, I picked it up. Clever, ambitious, opinionated, but slightly naive Irina is the newest recruit to the strawberry-picking operation in… [keep reading]

I’ve been collecting John Irving’s better known novels since I read The Cider House Rules in high school. I finally got around to reading (well, listening to) one of them. T.S. Garp’s mother wanted a child, but she did not want to give her life to a man to get one. So, she conceived her son… [keep reading]

Despite the fact that I didn’t much care for Thrity Umrigar's later novel, The Weight of Heaven, and put her memoir, First Darling of the Morning, aside after just a couple of chapters, I’d heard enough good things about The Space Between Us that I decided to give Umrigar one more chance. Bhima has worked for the Dubash… [keep reading]

I received a copy of The ACB with Honora Lee by Kate De Goldi via LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program. It’s short and illustrated, which made it a perfect read for the late hours of last month’s readathon! Perry’s parents keep her busy. She has piano lessons and clarinet lessons and Music and Movement class and… [keep reading]

I picked up Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell on a recent trip to the library because the cover looked familiar and I needed an audiobook for last month's readathon. When I posted my readathon stack, Jenny responded by saying: "Eleanor and Park is amazing and you are living a half-life until you have read… [keep reading]