Tag Archives: John Irving

Recommended Books: Fiction

I’ve added to this list. I still want to do a Non-Fiction one, eventually, but … you know … time permitting. Some authors are represented multiple times here. Other authors aren’t represented at all. For no real reason. Don’t read … Continue reading

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“We Don’t Know Anything About Other People. We Can Only Know Them From the Outside. This Is One Of the Great Joys Of Life.”

So says Irish writer John Banville in this awesome recent interview about his new book that has set my mind spinning. There’s so much in it. So much to think about. There are only a couple of writers today where … Continue reading

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7 Weird Reading Facts

Got this from ricki. 1. I am very sensitive to typeface. I will NOT read a book if I find the typeface grating or unfriendly. I have bad eyes, too, so a good typeface is important. Penguin Classics USED to … Continue reading

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Culture Snapshots

— I’m reading A Widow for One Year by John Irving and also The Fortune of War by Patrick O’Brian. Awesome counterpoint. Both superb writers in their own way. — Thank you, dear Siobhan, for introducing me to the amazing … Continue reading

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The Books: “A Prayer for Owen Meany” (John Irving)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: Excerpt from A Prayer for Owen Meany – by John Irving I’ve written quite a bit about my reading of this book. So far, I’ve only read it once – I think the whole bursting-into-sobs-at-the-last-sentence … Continue reading

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The Books: “The Cider House Rules” (John Irving)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: Excerpt from The Cider House Rules – by John Irving Mitchell has been known to get teary-eyed just thinking about Homer Wells. I believe this one is my dad’s favorite of John Irving’s. It’s a … Continue reading

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The Books: “The World According to Garp” (John Irving)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: Excerpt from The World According to Garp – by John Irving Ah, Garp. What a book. I come from a huge family of John Irving fans – and Mitchell and David and I were always … Continue reading

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Michael Chabon: “He dumped the entire 660-page draft”

A fascinating report from Elegant Variation – who was there last night at the LAPL to hear him speak. I’m excited to read Chabon’s latest. This part really got to me: Was originally in first person but “the main character … Continue reading

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1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Jessa Crispin has an interesting interview with Peter Boxall, editor of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. I loved what Boxall said at the end: “Having benefited from an extraordinary number of emails and letters as well as … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, John Irving!

One of our best storytellers. I’ve been reading John Irving’s books since high school when I first read The World According to Garp. I think, in retrospect, my favorite of his books is The Cider House Rules – (can’t even … Continue reading

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