August 2010

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Flannery: a life of Flannery O'Connor
By Brad Gooch

Nonfiction 2009

Flannery O’Connor has always appealed to me: her extreme Catholicity, her unwavering ability to call "a spade a spade" and the depth of her peculiar personal interest, in her case, peafowl. Brad Gooch is an excellent biographer, the photos are very "telling" and Flannery comes across as a true American Original.

Reviewed by Jack

The Almost Moon
By Alice Sebold

Fiction 2007

Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones, writes another psychological study of family devotions and betrayals. From the first line of the book -- "When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily" -- Sebold sets the stage and spins a tale over twenty-four hours that effortlessly moves between past and present.

Reviewed by mac

The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson
By Jerome Charyn

Fiction 2010

What made Emily Dickinson the greatest female American poet? What sort of inner life did she have to enable her to write those short verses that touch the gamut of human emotions? Author Charyn suggests it was her strong attraction to the men she knew, from her father, to the handyman at her school, to the elderly Judge Lord, that gave her the depth of emotions any great poet would need to experience. A wonderful book.

Reviewed by Jack

Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: an epic quest for reality among role players, online gamers, and other dwellers of imaginary realms
By Ethan Gilsdorf

Nonfiction 2009

An interesting look at the fantasy and gaming subculture. If you're a Tolkien fan especially, know friends that are gamers, game yourself, or perhaps you've sampled but a taste of the gaming world - give this book a try.

Reviewed by Kristi K