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text 2020-07-05 17:01
Reading progress update: I've read 130 out of 738 pages.
Short Stories of Jack London: Authorized One-Volume Edition - I. Milo Shepard,Robert C. Leitz III,Earle G. Labor,Jack London Man vs. Dog.
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review 2020-07-02 03:02
Tales from Margaritaville
Tales from Margaritaville: Fictional Facts and Factual Fictions - Jimmy Buffett

A recent re-read for me, though I dare not try to add the dates, as I'm afraid BL will blow my original dates out.

 

I love these stories and continue to love them every time I read them.  They remind me of my home, and their eccentric and quirky.  What I didn't remember from previous re-reads was the Australian thread that runs through both the book and many of the stories.  Buffett opens with a quote from Bruce Chatwin's The Songlines, in an introduction titled "Walkabout", and at least one - two? - stories include references to aboriginal myth.  A small thing, but a nice parallel for a Florida girl on a decade-plus walkabout down under. 

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text 2020-06-30 16:07
Reading progress update: I've read 106 out of 738 pages.
Short Stories of Jack London: Authorized One-Volume Edition - I. Milo Shepard,Robert C. Leitz III,Earle G. Labor,Jack London

London had a comedic talent I rarely see acknowledged.

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review 2020-06-29 07:57
The Furies by Natalie Haynes
The Furies: A Novel - Natalie Haynes

TITLE:  The Furies

 

AUTHOR:  Natalie Haynes

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DESCRIPTION:

"When you open up, who will you let in?

When Alex Morris loses her fiancé in dreadful circumstances, she moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Alex takes a job at a Pupil Referral Unit, which accepts the students excluded from other schools in the city. These are troubled, difficult kids and Alex is terrified of what she's taken on.

There is one class - a group of five teenagers - who intimidate Alex and every other teacher on The Unit. But with the help of the Greek tragedies she teaches, Alex gradually develops a rapport with them. Finding them enthralled by tales of cruel fate and bloody revenge, she even begins to worry that they are taking her lessons to heart, and that a whole new tragedy is being performed, right in front of her...
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REVIEW:

 

I liked the writing style and the idea was interesting, but at the same time not particularly original.  Some of the character's actions/reactions didn't seem quite plausible.  This would probably make a decent movie.

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review 2020-06-27 16:30
New Year, Same Trash: Resolutions that I Did Not Keep by Samantha Irby
New Year, Same Trash: Resolutions I Absolutely Did Not Keep (A Vintage Short Original) - Samantha Irby

Title: New Year, Same Trash: Resolutions that I Did Not Keep

Author: Samantha Irby

Published Date: January 24, 2017

Publisher: Vintage Shorts

Format: E-Book

Page Count: 30 pages

Source: Own Copy

Date Read: June 24, 2020

 

Review

 

A short, funny book about Irby's experiment with 70 mini-resolutions that some went well and a whole lot that didn't. In 2016, Irby decided to join a "woo-woo challenge" (her words) that asked the participant to find 100 mini-intentions or changes they wanted to do in that year. Irby got to 70 and even that was trying too hard. Some resolutions had a paragraph explaining what happened, most got the Twitter 280 character style rundown. I really like Irby's voice and style, so I enjoyed reading this by the side of the pool. 

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