Monthly Archives: February 2009

A Contract with God by Will Eisner

In the four short stories contained in A Contract With God, Eisner examines life in the 1930’s Bronx tenements that sprung up in New York after WWI. These neighborhoods accommodated the influx of immigrants and bred a close neighborliness ripe … Continue reading

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This Land is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation by Barbara Ehrenreich

For those readers familiar with Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch, Ehrenreich offers a different type book here. Rather than inserting herself into a typical working-class existence, through a series of essays she examines the current state of … Continue reading

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Emma’s Table by Philip Galanes

After her release from prison for tax evasion, Emma Sutton, obviously modeled after Martha Stewart, finds herself disenchanted with the empire she had build from the ground up. The turning point comes at an auction, where Emma, in a moment … Continue reading

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Scott McCloud, author and illustrator of Understanding Comics, made his name with his comic Zot!, which premiered in 1984. Written, illustrated and owned by McCloud (which was much less common then than it is now), Zot! began as a brightly-colored, … Continue reading

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Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

When two rough young ranch hands end up on Brokeback Mountain for a summer herding sheep together, they form a bond so strong that it holds across the years. Despite marriages with children, physical distance, and intolerance in the ranching … Continue reading

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The Beach House by Jane Green

I’ve been tricked! Don’t ask me how I could confuse Jane Green with Jennifer Weiner, but it happened. Jane Green, who wrote Jemima J., an enjoyable chick lit novel about a heavy woman who finds love (or at least gets … Continue reading

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Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

My reaction to Invisible Monsters was much the same as my great Aunt Kack’s to Northern Exposure back in the 80’s. She couldn’t believe what “they” were putting on TV, and I can’t believe what “they” are putting in print. … Continue reading

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Writing in an Age of Silence by Sara Paretsky

In a departure from her usual fiction and mystery books, Paretsky turns her pen to her childhood and the significant events that shaped her writing. It’s fascinating stuff. Her eccentric parents moved their family to a secluded part of Lawrence, … Continue reading

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