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About this blog: This blog is a place for conversation about books. I post reviews of what I'm reading--lots of contemporary fiction, but also classics and the occasional work of narrative nonfiction. I am always looking for new books to read, so ...  (More)

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The Best Novel I've Read This Year
Nov 20, 2013 10:25 am
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NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names (Reagan Arthur / Little, Brown, 2013)

A book of fiction can be memorable in a number of ways -- the setting may stick... More
Who is T.T. Monday? : The Story of a Novel, Part 3
Feb 24, 2014 11:39 am
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In most lines of work, seniority counts for something. In major-league baseball, for instance, young players in their first few professional seasons have their salaries... More
David Rakoff's Last Work
Nov 25, 2013 1:04 pm
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David Rakoff, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish (Doubleday, 2013)

Here's a thought experiment for you writers out there: Imagine you were dying... More
Turning to a Life of Crime (The Story of a Novel, Part 2)
Feb 18, 2014 1:01 pm
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In my last post I explained how I went to India and came back with a novel about the... More
SJSU Center for Steinbeck Studies to Honor Author Khaled Hosseini on Weds Sept 10
Aug 18, 2014 11:59 am
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One of the highlights of my job as director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State is the annual ... More
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