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Chris Blocker

Literary snobbery and other thoughts by Chris Blocker

January 2019
reviewed: Review: Friday Black
Short story collections are always a mixed bag. Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's debut collection Friday Black is no exception. Som...
Friday Black - Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
reviewed: Review: My Year of Rest and Relaxation
No doubt this book is a tough sell. Well what's it about? It's about a young woman, living in NYC in 2000, and she's depresse...
My Year of Rest and Relaxation - Ottessa Moshfegh
January 2019
"The women have somehow managed to get it all together, to hold everything together. So, here everybody is, cleaned, scrubbed...
Yesterday, I posted a teaser photo of a project I'd tackled: Like any self-respecting bibliophile, I lie awake at night ...
Got to love Tish talking about the hypocrisy of Fonny's mother and her sanctified mess. I still don't like to mess with Churc...
reviewed: Review: My Boyfriend Is a Bear
My Boyfriend Is a Bear is the story of an unlikely romance between a woman and her bear. This is a sweet graphic novel that i...
My Boyfriend Is a Bear - Pamela Ribon, Cat Farris
January 2019
reviewed: Review: The Library Book
Prior to the arrival of this book, I was unfamiliar with the Los Angeles library fire of 1986. I'd never noticed journalist a...
The Library Book - Susan Orlean
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reviewed: Review: Then We Came to the End
I want to talk about Joshua Ferris's wonderful novel Then We Came to the End in a little bit. But first, I want to talk about...
Then We Came To The End - Joshua Ferris
January 2019
If he could acknowledge one of the unmentionables, also acknowledge he was unable to do anything to alter this unmentionable,...
I really loved the premise of the "Forgotten Hours" (a teenage girl loses her best friend and father after a rape accusation ...
Pretty much what it says on the wrapper. I love snark and this random gift from a family member is just the sort of thing th...
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