To my relief, I was not the only one at the book club meeting that didn’t love this month’s choice! I don’t usually read modern fiction; it’s just not my thing, and I can’t really say way. Maybe I’m just always reading the “wrong” modern fiction and so it has a bad rap in my

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To understand Flannery O’Connor’s short stories is understand the rural South that she was familiar with in the pre-1970s. Her stories focus on aspects character in human, every-day situations all revolving around her South, dealing with race relations, Christianity, rural versus city living, parent-child relationships, etc. She brings the reader into the settings by capturing

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Any blocked artist, be he or she a painter, writer, or actor, can benefit from the positive course of action suggested by Julia Cameron in The Artist’s Way. The Artist’s Way is the most powerful call for self-nurturing and creativity that I’ve ever read. I wish I’d found it years ago, because I feel it

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One Saturday, my husband laughed out loud while listening to something on his headphones. “What’s so funny?” I asked. ” ‘Maggots’ is an ugly word; she’s using ‘haciendas’ instead!” [amazon_link asins=’0393324826′ template=’RightAlignSingleImage’ store=’rebereid06-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7a454031-17f3-11e7-a96a-6b1918388bb2′]My husband doesn’t normally laugh out loud while listening to audiobooks. This was new. After a bit more coaxing, I found

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