LitStack Recs: Nora Webster & Santa 17

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Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín At the heart of Colm Tóibín‘s new novel is the story of a woman, a story, he says, he’d been circling around for years. It’s there, in his novels and stories (eight novels and a collection) as a metaphor, an idea at the perimeter. That novel, Nora Webster, just released, centers [….]

LitStack Rec: Un-Natural Hermits

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The Hermit in the Garden: From Imperial Rome to Ornamental Gnome, by Gordon Campbell You may not know it, but those winsome garden gnomes decorating the neighbor’s (or your own) lawn, have a distinguished parentage. And in Gordon Campbell’s latest book, he draws a clear line of descent. In a fascinating history that blends religion, [….]