Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. Alfred A. Knopf 2011. The winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize is a slight book, 163 pages in length. It is divided into two parts. In the first section, narrator Tony … Continue reading

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Quieter Than Sleep and A Small Death in the Great Glen

Quieter Than Sleep: A Modern Mystery of Emily Dickinson by Joanne Dobson. Doubleday 1997. I recently came across Death without Tenure, the 6th in the Karen Pelletier series by Joanne Dobson. I had forgotten about this series, which I heard … Continue reading

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The Night Shift

The Night Shift: Real Life in the Heart of the E.R. by Dr. Brian Goldman. HarperCollins 2010. If you’re lucky, your only knowledge of hospital emergency rooms is of a child with an earache in the middle of the night. … Continue reading

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Half Blood Blues

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. Serpent’s Tail 2011. Sid and Chip grew up together in Baltimore. It was Chip who discovered jazz and introduced Sid to the joy of making music. Chip played the drums while Sid took on … Continue reading

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The Eighty-Dollar Champion

The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation by Elizabeth Letts. Ballantine Books 2011. Harry de Leyer first laid eyes on Snowman at a horse auction in February of 1956. Harry gave riding lessons at The Knox School, … Continue reading

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Please Look After Mom

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin. Random House Canada 2011. Translated from the Korean by Chi-Young Kim. Good old mom. No one really gives her life too much thought. Not her husband, not her two sons or two daughters. … Continue reading

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