Author Archives: Gwen

Bloggiesta To Do List

  Crawling my way back to the land of the blog-living includes “attending” great blogging events like Bloggiesta. Here’s my list, so hold me accountable will ya? Stop with the excuses and write that damn About Page! Finish all of … Continue reading

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The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian

  Years ago, I read Chris Bohjalian for the first time and while I remember little of the actual plot, what sticks with me is the extremely powerful punch of an ending. (I’d link to the review of Secrets of … Continue reading

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Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

Have you ever read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas? John Boyne was able to show one boy’s view of WWII in a way that I’d never seen done before or since until now. Kraków, 1939. A million marching soldiers … Continue reading

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The Betrayal: How the 1919 Black Sox Scandal Changed Baseball

Baseball. History. Scandal. Crime. Chicago. That’s like Christmas, my birthday, and everything good wrapped into one for me and just in time to watch my team duke it out with the Royals in the World Series. Charles Fountain takes a … Continue reading

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Days of Rage by Bryan Burrough

  “During an eighteen-month period in 1971 and 1972, the FBI reported more than 2,500 bombings on U.S. soil, nearly 5 a day.” I was born in 1971. So there were 2,500 bombings happening while I was, um, doing whatever … Continue reading

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