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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
Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball
Aug 11, 2014 11:49 am
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Remember the pitcher Dock Ellis?

I have always read a lot of baseball books, and lately I've been reading even more, trying to learn all I can about the world... 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
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
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