Tag Archives: Mary Gaitskill

Recommended Books: Fiction

I’ve been working on this list for a couple of weeks. I also plan on doing Non-Fiction and other categories in my out-of-control library. Some authors are represented multiple times. Other authors aren’t represented at all. For no real reason. … Continue reading

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2007 Books Read

(in the order in which I finished them, understanding that very often I read many books at the same time). I count re-read books, by the way. I’ll include links to any posts or book excerpts I might have done … Continue reading

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The Books: “Veronica” (Mary Gaitskill)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: Veronica – – by Mary Gaitskill. Veronica is Gaitskill’s latest book, a novel. As is probably clear by now, Mary Gaitskill is one of my favorite writers today. I was kinda disappointed in Veronica – … Continue reading

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The Books: “Because They Wanted to” – ‘The Wrong Stuff’ (Mary Gaitskill)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction Because They Wanted to: Stories – – by Mary Gaitskill. This excerpt is from the last four-part story in the book (I could read a novel about this character – she’s so well-drawn and touching … Continue reading

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The Books: “Because They Wanted to” – ‘Comfort’ (Mary Gaitskill)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction Because They Wanted to: Stories – – by Mary Gaitskill. This excerpt is from the story ‘Comfort’. A typically bitchy ironic title from Gaitskill – because the characters in the story are comfortless. There is … Continue reading

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The Books: “Because They Wanted to” – ‘Blanket’ (Mary Gaitskill)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction Because They Wanted to: Stories – – by Mary Gaitskill. This excerpt is from the story ‘Blanket’. Only Mary Gaitskill could write a story with a happy ending and have it FEEL like a sad … Continue reading

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The Books: “Because They Wanted to” – ‘Orchid’ (Mary Gaitskill)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction Because They Wanted to: Stories – – by Mary Gaitskill. This excerpt is from the story ‘Orchid’. Another killer of a story with what I see as a familiar Gaitskill “plot”: running into an old … Continue reading

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The Books: “Because They Wanted to” – ‘Because They Wanted to’ (Mary Gaitskill)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction Because They Wanted to: Stories – – by Mary Gaitskill. The following excerpt is from the title story ‘Because They Wanted to’. Elise is a runaway and a prostitute. She’s probably about 17 years old. … Continue reading

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The Books: “Because They Wanted to” – ‘Tiny, Smiling Daddy’ (Mary Gaitskill)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction Because They Wanted to: Stories – a book of short stories (her second) by Mary Gaitskill. Gaitskill (in my opinion) just gets better as she gets older. It’s hard to find a better short story … Continue reading

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The Books: “Two Girls Fat and Thin” (Mary Gaitskill)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction Two Girls Fat and Thin – by Mary Gaitskill. This is her first novel. I first read it, I recall, in 1992 … in the early days of my time in Chicago. I’ve written about … Continue reading

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