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American Nations. Colin Woodard.

Woodard, Collin. American Nations. Penguin, New York, 2011. NF;2/19. A friend lent me this book in paper form and I started it worrying that I’d have trouble getting all the way through. But no problem, it’s fascinating, takes a creative … Continue reading

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The Heavens. Sandra Newman.

Newman, Sandra. The Heavens. Grove press, New York, 2019. F;2/19. I was put off early in this story by somebody having a dream that felt like those highly-computerized animated adventure stories much beloved of ten-year-olds of all ages: Harry Potter … Continue reading

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Impossible Views of the World. Lucy Ives.

Ives, Lucy. Impossible Views of the World. Penguin Random House, New York, 2017. F;02/19. Lucy Ives’s short story Bitter Tennis in Granta online recently really got my attention. There were dreamy elements of Murakami, some of the charm of the … Continue reading

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At the End of the Century. Ruth Jhabvala.

Jhabvala, Ruth. At the End of the Century. Counterpoint, Berkeley, 2017. F;2/19. I came across this collection of short stories and their author through my usual pattern of reading periodicals and chasing down the original work. In the January 7, … Continue reading

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Oddfish, Vancouver.

January 2019 This new place seems inadvertently well-named. We’re told it’s under the same ownersip as Nook, which we haven’t been to for years and weren’t all that thrilled with the last time although it had almost become a regular … Continue reading

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Mangia Cucina, Vancouver.

January 2019 This charming little spot in an older house located in a former industrial area is a credible addition to bistro-level nights out in town. We were two on a rainy winter evening and liked the old building and … Continue reading

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Judas. Amos Oz.

Oz, Amos. Judas. Original publication in Hebrew 2014. Translation by Nicholas De Lange Houghton Mifflin New York, 2016. F;01/19. There is a lot going on in and around this book, the author of which I encountered in the New Yorker who … Continue reading

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