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Blood Moon: A Captive’s Tale. Ruth Chatlien.

Chatlien, Ruth. Blood Moon: A Captive’s Tale. Amika, Northfield Illinois, 2017. F;6/17. This is a lovely thing. It’s in the Endurance and Violence genre but it’s about good feminism. My idea of it, anyway. The main character is a strong … Continue reading

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In the Land of Eternal Spring. Alan Howard.

Howard, Alan. In the Land of Eternal Spring. Harvard Square Editions, New York, 2017. F;6/17. This is a good read in the genre of young rich-world people off in a poor country getting into political trouble. But it’s also a … Continue reading

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Behind Closed Doors. B. A. Paris

Paris, B.A. Behind Closed Doors. HarperCollins London, 2016. F;6/17. This one is either light summer reading or a penetrating look at psychopathy, depending on how seriously you take the idea that there are a lot of brilliant horrifying bastards (nearly … Continue reading

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The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories. Penelope Lively.

Lively, Penelope. The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories. Penguin Random Host, New York. 2016. F;6/17. This English author is quite the grande dame (literally; she carries the prefix Dame) of English lit, having published dozens of books and stories, … Continue reading

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Kissa Tanto, Vancouver.

June 2017 This faux-downscale place is the second venue of the creators of Bao Bei, owner Tannis Ling, executive chef Joël Watanabe, and sous chef Alain Chow. It’s an interesting fusion of two superb cuisines: Japanese and Italian. The first … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Beauty. Richard Prum.

Prum, Richard. The Evolution of Beauty. Doubleday, New York. 2017. NF;5/17. In my book Forbidden Food I described a university lecture in evolution I attended in about 1970. I stumbled from the portable classroom dazzled with the realization that ideas … Continue reading

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Men Without Women. Haruki Murakami.

Murakami, Haruki. Men Without Women. Bond Street (Penguin) Toronto. Original 2014, translation same year. F;5/17. This collection of independent stories features the dark side of romantic relationships, but in usual Murakami fashion the narrator is kind of casual, uninvolved. Male … Continue reading

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