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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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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
Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon, and the debate over the National Book Award
Jan 21, 2014 11:26 am
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Gordon, Jaimy. Lord of Misrule. (McPherson & Co., 2010).

Over the holidays I visited my 90-year-old grandmother in New York City. A widow for the last thirteen... More
Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra: The Best Show Not on Cable
Jul 2, 2014 11:27 am
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I know I promised to read shorter books, but the novel I picked up after ... More
Another Case for Reparations: Team Seven by Marcus Burke
Jul 15, 2014 8:23 pm
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In May The Atlantic published a cover story by the African-American critic Ta-Nehisi Coates called ... More
Looking for the Humor Code
Jun 22, 2014 3:10 pm
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This fall, at San Jose State, I will be teaching a seminar on American humor writing. It's the first time my department has offered this course, so I have to construct... More
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