Gimbling in the Wabe – What Michael Phelps and I Have in Common

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Well, the honest answer to “what Michael Phelps and I have in common” is, practically nothing.  He’s a young, strong, elite athlete with a whole slew of resources at his disposal.  I’m a dumpy, almost-past-middle-aged woman with a teeny-tiny safety net that I was able to cobble together over my 30 years in the work [….]

LitStack Review: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Haruki Murakami Translated by Philip Gabriel Alfred A. Knopf Publication Date:  August 12, 2014 ISBN 978-0-385-35210-9 Once upon a time, there were five very close friends who attended public high school in Nagoya, Japan – three boys and two girls.  They did everything together:  volunteer work at [….]

LitStack Review: On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee

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On Such a Full Sea Chang-Rae Lee Riverhead Books Release Date:  January 7, 2014 ISBN 978-1-59448-610-4 Sometimes dystopian fantasies set in our future are terrifying because of the utterly foreign and frightening effects we have heaped upon ourselves; a dire tolling of funereal bells or a teeth-gnashing drudgery in which everything we know has been [….]

LitStack Review: Vacationland by Sarah Stonich

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Vacationland Sarah Stonich University of Minnesota Press Release Date:  March 25, 2013 ISBN 978-0-8166-8766-4 Vacationland is a book that grabs you, not because of some harrowing drama or gripping plot twist, not due to a flamboyant cast of characters or unexpected turn of events or even because ordinary people have been thrust into extraordinary circumstances.  [….]

LitStack Review: Bodies of Water by T. Greenwood

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Bodies of Water T. Greenwood Kensington Books Publication Date: September 24, 2013 ISBN 978-0-7582-5093-3 In an interview with the San Diego Reader, author Tammy Greenwood talked about getting caught by Hurricane Irene while visiting her family in Massachusetts in August 2011.  “We were totally stranded. I couldn’t drive through the crazy weather. We ended up [….]