Category Archives: Books

Raising Cain, Decoding the Boy

I was not a “normal” boy. I accepted this a long time ago, but that was before I was raising a boy of my own. At some point in the last three years, the hubby and I passed from having … Continue reading

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A Million Little Refunds

Uh-oh. Looks like the title of James Frey’s rehab memoir — A Million Little Pieces — may end up being an apt description of his reputation. On the heels of allegations that he fabricated significant portions of his book — … Continue reading

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Where the Children Play

I know we’ve come a long way,We’re changing day to day,But tell me, where do the children play? Cat Stevens One of the things I really enjoy about being  a parent is watching Parker play, and how his play has … Continue reading

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Never Trust a Crackhead?

Wow. He had me at hello. Not only that, James Frey’s memoir of addiction and recovery — A Million Little Pieces — also prompted me to write a review that was also sort of a confessional about my own experience … Continue reading

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He Lived? Prove It.

Now this is interesting, particularly in light of what I’m reading at the moment. An Italian judge has ordered a priest to appear in court this month to prove that Jesus Christ existed. The case against Father Enrico Righi has … Continue reading

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Return of the NaNo Novel

I realized a couple of days ago that I had an anniversary of sorts coming up. Tomorrow will be one month since I finished my novel for NaNoWriMo. That’s when I actually finished the story, as opposed to when I … Continue reading

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Egg Meet Face Meet Mao

OK. So, I’d planned on a bit of “blog silence” over the next couple of days, but I’d be a bit remiss if I didn’t post an update on the story I blogged about so passionately just recently. That is, … Continue reading

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Feds Come Knockin’ Over Mao Book

Just in case you think they’re kidding about wanting to know what you read, be careful what you request from the library. A senior at UMass Dartmouth was visited by federal agents two months ago, after he requested a copy … Continue reading

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You Sure You Wanna Read That?

Just a reminder that the Patriot Act, which some in Congress only just got around to reading, gives the government to keep tabs on what you’re reading. So, what on your bookshelves, Citizen? Via The People’s Republic of Seabrook.

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The Quiet Death of Democracy

I’ve fallen behind on my newsreading. Probably because I’ve had my nose buried in Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here, which so eerily parallels the present (except for a few minor details, like Bush not having his own personal Army) … Continue reading

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Raised Up in the Way He Should Go…

Raise up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6 I can’t remember the last time I had a bible in the house. If fact I’m … Continue reading

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How Online Organizing Made a Novelist of Me

Crossposted from my EchoDitto blog. I’ve always been a writer. I haven’t always been confident about calling myself a writer. I guess it’s because I discovered long ago that telling people you’re a writer almost always meant their next question … Continue reading

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Slouching Towards Narnia

RedState .Org has launched a Narnia Hate Watch. How long before they find me, I wonder? Here at Redstate we have been struck by the level of unabashed odium that the upcoming film The Chronicles of Narnia has already provoked. … Continue reading

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52 in 52

Roxanne of Rox Populi is closing in on quite an accomplishment: the fulfillment of a New Year’s resolution to read 52 Books in 52 Weeks. Hungry as I always am for ideas on what to read next, I can’t wait … Continue reading

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Saying No to Narnia

As has been noted before, I have a knack for taking rather innocuous social institutions, etc., and reading way too much into them. So, I won’t go into a diatribe about the The Chronicles of Narnia — even as the … Continue reading

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