“Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald”

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“Trouble has lots of forms. There’s financial trouble, and marital trouble, there’s trouble with friends and trouble with landlords and trouble with liquor and trouble with the law. Every sort of trouble I can think of, we’ve tried it out-become expert at some of it, even, so much that I’ve come to wonder whether artists in particular seek our hard times the way flowers turn in their faces toward the sun.”
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“The Daring Ladies of Lowell”

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When I first read the synopsis for Kate Alcott’s new historical fiction The Daring Ladies of Lowell, I was seduced by the idea that I would be reading about the hardships of factory life in 1800s America, Continue reading

“Uganda Be Kidding Me”

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As a guilty fan of Chelsea Handler’s previous books, her new collection of short stories “Uganda Be Kidding Me” came off as a disappointment. The same uncensored humor is still there, from uncontrollable bowels, to redheads, to unapologetic sex. But what has changed from her last books to this one? The answer seems to be a whole bunch of money. Continue reading