Category Archives: Adult Fiction

Summer Reading List: Great Books by Native Writers

This morning I came across an excellent rant by Debbie Reese (@debreese) bemoaning the fact that Sherman Alexie is the only Native writer anyone has ever heard about, when in fact there are lots of great Native writers out there. Here are a few that I can’t wait to read this summer. Continue reading

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Review: Lady Catherine’s Necklace by Joan Aiken

Lady Catherine’s Necklace By Joan Aiken Thorndike Press, 2000 This variation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, is set a few years after the events of Austen’s original. Lady Catherine and her daughter, Anne, are residing quietly at Rosings Park … Continue reading

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What I learned about writing from reading The White City by Alec Michod

The White City By Alec Michod St. Martin’s Griffin, 2004 I’ll start off by saying that I didn’t actually like this book. I finished it not because I needed to know how it ended, or because I cared about the … Continue reading

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What I learned about writing from reading all 19 Thomas Lynley mysteries in order

Every once in a while, I like to pick an established author who has written a respectable set of books and read their books in the order in which they were written. I first did this back in the mid-aughts … Continue reading

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Writing advice from somewhere in the middle of a great book: Barry Hughart Edition

The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox By Barry Hughart Subterranean Press, 2011 From the beginning of Part 2: The Story of the Stone Jen Wu is a day Master Li sets aside for my literary endeavors, and … Continue reading

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The 3 books rocking our Family Togetherness Reading Separate Books Time

Weirdly, our entire family is happy with the books that we’re reading right now. This never happens. Not the reading part. Reading is constantly breaking out over here. We even have an official name for it: Family Togetherness Reading Different Books … Continue reading

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4 things I learned reading 1-star reviews of Pride & Prejudice (yes, they exist)

I wish I could claim this as my own idea, but in truth I first heard of this on Twitter, when @elizabethscraig (one of the most useful writing mentors I follow) pointed me to this article by Amber Skye Forbes at The … Continue reading

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A novel way to pick your next book

This map from Hog Island Press in Philadelphia organizes 42 Great American Novels by the locations in which they are set. Want to read a book set in New Orleans? This map lists three. California, Florida, and Chicago all have their share … Continue reading

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Book Review: Struck by Orca, subsequent encounter

Struck by Orca: ICD-10 Illustrated Ed. by Niko Skievaski November 2013 As most of you know, my husband is an ICU doctor at the University of Chicago. He’s also got a wicked sense of humor. So when Niko Skievaski released his collection … Continue reading

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3 dialogue tips I picked up from reading Hottentot Venus

Hottentot Venus: A Novel  By Barbara Chase-Riboud Anchor, 2004 I picked this book up a very long time ago at a bookstore that is now defunct. Chase-Riboud’s novel tells the story of Saartjie Baartman, a Khoikhoi woman who was exhibited as … Continue reading

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