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books read in 2016

Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie/AMERICANAH Margaret Millar/THE WEAK-EYED BAT Francine Mathews/DEATH IN ROUGH WATER Lauren Groff/FATES AND FURIES Truman Capote/IN COLD BLOOD Philip Pullman/THE GOLDEN COMPASS Philip Pullman/THE SUBTLE KNIFE Margaret Millar/MERMAID Elena Ferrante/THOSE WHO LEAVE AND THOSE WHO STAY (translated by … Continue reading

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books read in 2015

Caleb Carr/THE ALIENIST Corrado Alvaro/REVOLT IN ASPROMONTE (translated by Frances Frenaye) Laurie Fabbiano/ELIZABETH STREET Eleanor Catton/THE LUMINARIES Gay Talese/UNTO THE SONS Alison Weir/THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII Mark Thompson/THE WHITE WAR: LIFE AND DEATH ON THE ITALIAN FRONT 1915-1919 … Continue reading

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Blue Hills at Stone Barns feast, June 13, 2015

I put this down here for posterity in my role as food archeologist. (And also because I will probably never eat a meal like this again and writing it down makes it more real.) Dinner began at 8 and 25 … Continue reading

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books read in 2014

Half a year late in posting this. Still worth making it internet findable for myself. 1. Kate Atkinson/LIFE AFTER LIFE 2. Siddhartha Mukerjee/THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES: A BIOGRAPHY OF CANCER 3. Timothy Williams/CONVERGING PARALLELS 4. Jane Gardam/OLD FILTH 5. … Continue reading

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gaps

One problem with researching family history is unearthing the stories of people you wish you could have met. It is most frustrating when there is so little left of them that their bittersweet shadows–“he was the nicest, gentlest man” or … Continue reading

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humor

Yesterday I finished the (very, very veryveryvery) rough draft of a chapter of my novel. I shrugged off three gaping scene holes I’ve just decided to come back to later when I feel a little bit more mature with my … Continue reading

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advice

I went out for a drink last night with a very respected editor who is also a very respected writer. (I had cold-emailed him and he was really very kind and generous both in agreeing to and then throughout the … Continue reading

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