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Martin Eden by Jack London

Headed to bookstore to buy a copy of Martin Eden by Jack London to read this summer.  I enjoy reading novels involving writers and the writing process.  I recently read The Other Story by Tatiana De Rosnay.


Reading more than one book at a time is like being a mouse in a maze: you never quite know where you are going.

At the moment, I am bouncing back and forth between A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett and Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín.

Terry Pratchett’s collection of nonfiction essays demonstrates his remarkable ability to write with humor and with humanity on topics as diverse as science fiction conventions and wearing hats.

In his ninth and latest novel, Nora Webster, Colum Tóibín dramatizes the life of a middle-aged widow coping with her family and friends in a small town in Ireland in the late 1960s.

Halfway through both, I am contemplating adding a third book from the maze that is my library.

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.

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.