Desk with Books

Here you’ll find mostly book reviews with a few other baubles tossed in.

Rating is easy: five stars is reserved for anything unique, wonderful in all ways and life-changing. One star? Amazon has to do something to fill all those webpages. It might as well be your book. My thinking here is much like American school grades, and there’s nothing wrong with a C.

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Only because you want to know, my favorite novel is Anna Karenina though Knausgaard’s My Struggle is running hard to take over Tolstoy. I have a few books I read each year. JI Packer’s Knowing God is one. Probably the most life-changing book I’ve read is A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken. Not for the memoir or even for the story, but because it was the first time I saw Christians talking about art and science and great books, and, well, it opened up a portal for me that I’ve never closed. I

I don’t typically accept books for review unless it’s for a magazine article. I am usually way too busy


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Book Craft, Derek Murphy. My take? A great book for the new writer. Not so much for those with experience and thick skin.


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The Gig Mindset, Paul Estes. A bird’s-eye view of the newish freelance economy. Three stars.


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Holy The Firm, Annie Dillard. What can I say. Fantastic writing, deep insights. A gem. Cannot do without.


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The Last Report On The Miracles At Little No Horse, Louise Erdrich. Great and wonderful book if you’re so inclined, and I am. Mixes history, Native Americans, and Roman Catholicism. What could be better?


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My Uncle Oswald, Roald Dahl. A short-ish sexcapade through European royalty. Includes beetle powder and teaches the value of keeping your mouth shut. Putatively for grown-ups.


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Shosha, Issac Bashevis Singer. It an odd story about an odd girl living in dangerous times. I’m not sure it’s about Shosha and that it’s even her story, but it’s her world that is coming apart. One of my favorites. I’ve begged two women now to name a girl-child Shosah and they both look at me like there’s something wrong.


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A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle. Great book. Peter and his wife are so patient, it’s saintly. What starts as a search to find a nice place to write for a season, turns into years of fun and frustration.


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