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Chris Blocker

Literary snobbery and other thoughts by Chris Blocker

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Visible Empire
Hannah Pittard
The Deptford Trilogy
Robertson Davies
Life on Mars
Jennifer Brown
The Family Under the Bridge
Natalie Savage Carlson
Hannah Pittard
Robertson Davies
Jennifer Brown
Natalie Savage Carlson
July 2018
currently reading
reviewed: Review: The Best We Could Do
When I first saw the cover and description for Bui Thi’s graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do, I immediately added it to my l...
The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir - Thi Bui
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reviewed: Review: The Gunners
Rebecca Kauffman’s latest novel The Gunners is a skillfully crafted, character-driven novel with one noticeable flaw: it’s a ...
The Gunners - Rebecca Kauffman
Our group read of The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions - Thomas McNamee start...
June 2018
I seem to be in a recurring/remitting slump. Last month was my low point so far, but if not for a concerted push over the la...
June has been an unprecedented month of really disappointing reads - 5 x DNFs, 1 x 1*, 2 x 2*. However, as several of you hav...
reviewed: Review: Barracoon
Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” is immensely important because it presents a first-hand narrative of the last-...
Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” - Zora Neale Hurston
June 2018
reviewed: Review: The Long Walk
I haven't quite made up my mind about Stephen King. Part of me is repelled by his trendiness; that part also recognizes an au...
The Long Walk - Stephen King
reviewed: Review: West
West begins with a wonderful premise, a good cast of characters, and some lovely language. Then it ends. And I'm not sure how...
West - Carys Davies
reviewed: Review: Outline
I picked up Outline because and only because I've heard Cusk's name being dropped as a potential Man Booker Prize contender t...
Outline - Rachel Cusk
finished reading:
June 2018
We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more free...
reviewed: Review: Safe Area Goražde
Safe Area Goražde gets four stars because it covers a war that doesn't get enough attention. It earns its four stars for givi...
Safe Area Goražde: The War in Eastern Bosnia, 1992-1995 - Joe Sacco, Christopher Hitchens
started reading:
June 2018
reviewed: Review: Continental Drift
When I went to graduate school for writing, I learned that there are grad school books and authors. These are the authors or ...
Continental Drift - Russell Banks
started reading:
June 2018
finished reading: