Gimbling in the Wabe – Endings and Beginnings, For Better or Worse

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There are two conventions prevalent at the turn of the New Year of which I am highly skeptical:  “Best Of” end-of-the-year lists and New Year’s resolutions.  “Best Of” end-of-the-year lists because how can anyone say that their highly subjective and often dubious rankings of all the books that have been […]

LitStack Recs: Bartleby, The Scrivener & The Emperor’s Blades

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Bartleby, the Scrivener, by Herman Melville Overworked employees, endless legal documents to be copied, the futility of dead letters—it’s no wonder Bartleby, Melville’s titular anti-hero is in a bad way. Whether he’s mad or not depends on who you ask, though in Melville’s world, the law copyist, or scrivener, who […]

Gimbling in the Wabe – A Baker’s Dozen from a Notable List and Whatnot

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Recently, the New York Times came out with their list of 100 Most Notable Books for 2014, and the literary world took notice. I certainly will admit to taking notice.  I immediately ran down the list and counted up how many of the books on the list I had read.  […]

Gimbling in the Wabe – To Read or Not to Read: What Really is the Question?

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We’ve all seen the adage, “So many books, so little time!”  I myself find this to be so very true – there are indeed many, many wonderful books available to most of us, too many to be read in one lifetime.  So where does someone who loves books draw the […]

Gimbling in the Wabe – My Library Request Addiction

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Hi, my name is Sharon.  I’m a library request addict. It used to be that I would only request a few books a week from my local library.  Books I’d been wanting to read for a while or books that friends had recommended, occasionally a title I had read about […]

LitStack Recs: The Dragon’s Path & The Master

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The Master, by Colm Tóibín I was only a page or so into Colm Tóibín’s novel, when it became clear that its subject, Henry James, was being portrayed not only through historical material of his life, but in a prose style suggestive of the subject himself. The Master, published in […]

LitStack Recs: Writing Craft Books & My Real Children

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A Brief Look at Three Books on Writing Craft —Lauren Alwan When it comes to books on the craft of writing, I tend to like those that teach through close readings of literature. Maybe it has to do with the grad program I attended, or that when I’m caught up […]

LitStack Rec: Knuckleball Ned & I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place

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Knuckleball Ned R.A. Dickey Tuesday night was Major League Baseball’s All Star Game, and in honor of the mid-season classic, my recommendation for this week is a fun and uplifting children’s book written by one of baseball’s most interesting active players: Cy Young award winning knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey. Written […]

LitStack’s Recs: Shakespeare’s Sonnets & Writing Inspiration

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William Shakespeare The Sonnets It may be a day late to pin this recommendation to the 450th anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare, but I still can think of no better way to mark the end of National Poetry Month than to pause and take note of […]