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    Shotgun Lovesongs – Nikolas Butler (Review)

    ‘Here, I can hear things, the world throbs differently, silence thrums like a chord strummed eons ago, music in the aspen trees and in the firs and the burr oaks and even in the fields of drying corn.’ I picked up Shotgun Lovesongs because of the cover and bought it because the blurb intrigued me. Four childhood friends – Henry (Hank), Ronnie, Lee, and Kit – from Little Wing, Wisconsin are now in their early thirties and a lot of life has happened since their unfettered, simple days hanging out on a grain silo and watching sunsets and sunrises. A…

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    East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Mini-review)

    First published in the summer of 1952, this sweeping, ambitious story spanning decades and histories had become America’s number-one bestseller by that November. It’s impossible to “review” such a book. Not only because it is a good 600 pages long. But because reading this is an experience and one that shouldn’t be spoiled. I’ll talk then about the elements of the story, its themes and preoccupations. This is about the Salinas valley in California. About generations of the Hamiltons and Trasks. About the relationship between brothers, between parents and children. About one of the scariest portrayals of a truly evil,…

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    The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros

    “She thinks stories are about beauty. Beauty that is there to be admired by anyone, like a herd of clouds grazing overhead. She thinks people who are busy working for a living deserve beautiful little stories, because they don’t have much and are often tired. She has in mind a book that can be opened at any page and will still make sense to the reader who doesn’t know what came before or comes after.” Reading the foreword of The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros herself is as enjoyable as the actual collection of vignettes from the point-of-view…

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