Monthly Archives: August 2009

Kathryn Stockett, “The Help”

In the Afterword to The Help, Kathryn Stockett acknowledges the magnitude of what she took on in the project. After all, it takes audacity for a white woman to presume to depict the lives of black maids in Mississippi in … Continue reading

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Jeanne Ray, “Step Ball Change”

Step Ball Change is a tap-dancing term. That’s the first thing you need to know. The second is that this book is a lot of fun. I was sitting on the beach whining about the book on my Kindle when … Continue reading

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Denise Mina, “Garnethill”

Nothing to do with what I feel sure the characters would call the “poncy” home-furnishings catalogue. Garnethill is a neighborhood in Glasgow, and not a posh one either. I don’t imagine there aren’t a whole lot of posh neighborhoods in … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Strout, “Olive Kitteridge”

This book made me feel terrible for two reasons.  First, it’s a sensitively-rendered series of interlocking tales about the sadness and splendor of everyday life in a tiny coastal town in Maine — rather more about the sadness. It’s beautifully … Continue reading

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David Ebershoff, “The Nineteenth Wife”

I always felt there had to be something really interesting about plural marriage. I guess “Big Love” handles some of this but I’ve never seen it, so when a friend recommended The Nineteenth Wife I jumped on it, and I … Continue reading

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Penelope Lively, “Consequences”

Last time I read this book, Joanna Trollope had written it, and the title was Legacy of Love. Okay, I’m being flippant, but there is a Trollope book that links the love stories of three generations of women. And if … Continue reading

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Andrew Taylor, “The Judgement of Strangers”

Well, that was disturbing. I can see what Taylor’s up to now and it’s pretty clever. The Judgement of Strangers interlocks with The Four Last Things in interesting ways and the third novel (which I will read, albeit with trepidation) … Continue reading

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