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Fredrik Backman is unable to give a short answer. He knows this, and I appreciate that! When his publicist said he had time for one last quick questions, and specified “one quick question, Fredrik,” he replied that no matter how quick the question, he could easily come up with a very long answer! This self-awareness made for a very entertaining author event at Powell’s on Sunday, June 11, 2017. The event began with Backman engaging in...

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When Whitney, our fearless leader, gave us contributors a few ideas for this month to write on and asked for pitches I immediately wanted to cover Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Lucky me, I got the go ahead! You might remember I reviewed The Lorax back in August. I grew up with a love for Dr. Seuss and the zaniness that his style captured and I figured it would be an amazing opportunity to read more about him. I decided to read three different...

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In early high school I picked up a book at a relative’s house that looked interesting and that had the longest title I had ever seen, and it ended up being like nothing I had ever read before. Many years later ,“A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers remains one of my favorite novels and I recommend it to just about everyone. (Have you read it yet? No? Get on it! And if possible, grab a copy that contains the...

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Within the span of 2014 and 2015 I think I read almost every single book from Philippa Gregory. I started out with the Cousin’s War series (which I think I read out of order – not unusual for me), moved on to the Tudor Court series, and quickly learned anything and everything about that particular period of English history. I was intrigued by the history, and entranced by the awesome female leads. Each of Gregory’s...

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In case you missed it, last month I jumped over to OutlandishLit to debate the relative weirdness of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and Atomik Aztek with Heather at Based on a True Story. We both had strong points to make on some seriously weird books! When Julianne at OutlandishLit launched her month-long #Weirdathon at the beginning of March, there was one author who trample his way to the front of my brain and just would not, could...

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The first author I truly truly loved was John Steinbeck. I think at first I wanted to love Steinbeck to be different. While all my classmates were struggling through The Grapes of Wrath, hating on the interchapters, I was determined to love the crap out of an unpopular book. Yet somehow, I played a trick on myself. By wanting to love The Grapes of Wrath, I ended up diving deeper and deeper into the story. I savored every nuance. Every...

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