Reading Addict

Not to Be Missed by Rebecca Howard

I read a lot of new fiction, in large part to stay current about what kinds of titles library patrons will be requesting.  So, it’s always nice when a book that I missed when it was initially released becomes one of my favorites and introduces me to an author’s body of work.  I recently finished Crescent by Diana Abu-Jaber, a beautiful prayer of a novel that is as much poetry as prose.  Published i

A Life of David Foster Wallace by Nick Abrahamson

Chad Harbach remarked that Infinite Jest 'looks like the central American novel of the past thirty years, a dense star for lesser works to orbit'.  It would seem author D.T.

The Good Wives by Rebecca Howard

I’m a huge fan of the television drama, The Good Wife, staring the lovely Julianna Marguiles.

First Class First Person by Rebecca Howard

Rebecca HowardWriting in first person is always tricky, but writing from the perspective of a young adult is particularly challenging. This point of view is often used in coming of age novels, which are among my favorite types of books to read.  Nothing breaks the suspension of disbelief like an unreliable narrator, though. When you begin to hear the voice of the adult author instead of the voice of a young adult, it’s jolting and disappointing.

The Setting IS a Character by Nick Abrahamson

Less discriminating readers--by which I mean reader’s who don’t suffer from prolonged bouts of finicky tendencies—readers who can enjoy a novel based on character development, plot arcs, things that happen or happen to characters…you know, the actual THINGS that make a book a novel…I envy these readers.  I have a bad habit of fixating on setting:  time and place.  I’m loathe to admit that when a friend recommends a book and I ask for the setting and I get a personally disagreeable answer, that book never had a ch

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