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The Land of Steady Habits, by Ted Thompson

Ted Thompson delivers an outstanding read in his debut novel, The Land of Steady Habits.

Eight years and several rewrites in the making, this coming of later-in-age story depicts a suburban Connecticut family going through the motions of disarray because of the main character’s search for a deeper something in his life.

As a young writer, Ted Thompson skillfully explores the fears felt by those who long for the good life only to find themselves disillusioned by what they have become.  See Steve Donoghue’s excellent book review in Open Letters Monthly: An Arts & Literature Review.

Whether the author chooses to return to the world of Anders Hill or to other scenarios, readers eagerly await for his telling of new tales.

Amazon vs. Hachette

NPR’s report  today on the Amazon vs. Hachette saga depicted Amazon’s mandate to sell all ebooks at the same low price.  While I appreciate Amazon’s efforts to provide access to material at an affordable cost, I fail to understand the logic, other than crushing one’s competition, in this matter.  Most other categories of goods from automobiles to zucchini are not priced the same.  Even dollar stores do not charge a dollar for every item sold.  Unless I am persuaded otherwise, when it comes to Amazon vs. Hachette, I side with Hachette, other publishers, independent bookstores, and the thousands of authors who have objected to the dictated terms involved.

Dear Committee Members, A Novel By Julie Schumacher

However enjoyable or “Payneful” it is for Julie Schumacher to be in Professor Fitger’s head, she would be well-advised to return to her fictional Professor of Creative Writing and English Literature’s academic world.  The cast of characters seen through Professor Fitger’s letters of recommendation resemble composites of many encountered by me in my forty years of librarianship in institutions of, and I use this term loosely, higher learning.  Julie Schumacher’s novel scores an A+ in my class.

Schumacher, Julie.  Dear Committee Members.  Doubleday, a division of Random House, 2014.