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Bloggiesta Mini Challenge: Blog Post Bingo

March 26, 2014 Challenges

This post is part of the Bloggiesta, a weekend challenge where bloggers spend time on pesky blog tasks or work to get ahead on their blogging. This mini challenge is about thinking outside the box for better blog posts.  One of the biggest challenges for me as a blogger is staying motivated and excited about […]

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Reviewlettes: ‘Dept. of Speculation’ and ‘Paddle Your Own Canoe’

March 25, 2014 Book Review

I’ve got kind of an odd pair today, a recent piece of fiction that reads more like poetry and an audio book memoir with a crude sense of humor. But, I do think Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill and Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman have something in common — both books are, on some level, […]

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Currently | I Put Some New Shoes on and Suddenly Everything’s Right

March 23, 2014 Currently

Time and Place // 10:30 a.m. on my couch Eating and Drinking // Strawberries, an egg sandwich, tiny Cadbury Creme Eggs, and Downton Estate Blend tea (Earl Grey with a hint of vanilla) Reading // I only finished one book this week, Postcards from Cookies by Caroline Clarke (April 15 from Harper), a memoir about Clarke’s […]

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12 Excellent Memoirs by Authors of Color

March 21, 2014 Narrative Nonfiction 5

This post originally appeared on Book Riot, but I think it’s worth sharing here as well.   Inspired by a by a study by Lee & Low Books that showed the absence of authors of color on the New York Times top 10 bestseller list, Book Riot made it a priority to share more books by authors of color, […]

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Review: ‘Savage Harvest’ by Carl Hoffman

March 19, 2014 Book Review
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Title: Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art Author: Carl Hoffman Genre: Nonfiction Year: 2014 Publisher: William Morrow Acquired: From the publisher for review consideration Rating: Bloggers Recommend: Since Michael Rockefeller disappeared while hunting for art in the jungles of New Guinea, rumors have circulated about his death […]

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Currently | Veronica Mars!

March 16, 2014 Currently

Time and Place // 8:40 a.m. at my dad’s computer in the Twin Cities Eating and Drinking // Nothing yet, I’m saving room for the birthday brunch we’re having in a couple of hours Reading // I had a slow, but great, week of reading. I finished Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi, a re-imagining of Snow […]

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Nonfiction Recommendation Engine: Part III

March 13, 2014 Narrative Nonfiction 5

Many months ago, I tried to launch a feature that I, uncreatively, called the Nonfiction Recommendation Engine. Basically, I asked readers to fill out a short list of questions that I’d use to develop a couple of personalized book recommendations. The feature got a great response, but after two posts (Part I and Part II) […]

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Review: ‘Busted’ by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker

March 11, 2014 Book Review
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Title: Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love Author: Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker Genre: Nonfiction Year: 2014 Publisher: Harpber Acquired: From the publisher via Edelweiss for review consideration Rating: Review: On a cold but sunny morning in December 2008, Benny Martinez walked into the office of the Philadelphia Daily News […]

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Currently | The Secretary and Stir Fry

March 9, 2014 Currently

Time and Place // 9:00 a.m. at my desk… I hate springing ahead Eating and Drinking // Peach black tea — I’m almost done with this box, continuing my effort to use up most of my tea stash. Reading // I spent the entire week with a book I’ve been excited about reading since it […]

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Review: ‘Wave’ by Sonali Deraniyagala

March 6, 2014 Book Review
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Title: Wave Author: Sonali Deraniyagala Genre: Memoir Year: 2013 Publisher: Vintage Acquired: Bought Rating: Review: On December 26, 2004, Sonali Deraniyagala and her family – her husband, her two sons and her parents – were vacationing at a beach resort in Sri Lanka. Lazing around their hotel room the day after Christmas, Sonali noticed the white curl […]

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