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Durham County Library Hosts Playwright Ira Knight for a reading of The Man’s Guide to Writing Love Letters: Is Sex the Only Thing on a Man’s Mind

Durham County Library hosts a reader’s theater presentation of The Man’s Guide to Writing Love Letters: Is Sex the Only Thing on a Man’s Mind with playwright Ira Knight at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 7, at the Stanford L. Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville St. This event was rescheduled from Feb. 24 due to inclement […]

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The Dirty Secrets Club

A cover quote from Stephen King promises “The next suspense superstar.’ Opening with a sadomasochist scene occurring during an earthquake sets the tone for a suspenseful book. Violence, danger, blood and gore and plot twists follow. The first of the Jo Beckett, forensic psychiatrist, series keeps the reader engaged. The shock of the crimes masqueraded […]

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I have a poly-cosmos of thoughts about this book. Through much of it, it felt the author was far to impressed with his own cleverness. At the end, though, I could see how the cleverness actually did work in the context of the narrative, but that didn’t fully wash away my annoyance. Much of the […]

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The Patron Saint of Liars

After reading “Bel Canto” for an earlier TBR challenge, I wanted to go back and read some of Patchett’s earlier books. This novel begins in the 1960s at a home for unwed mothers — St. Elizabeth’s — run by a group of nuns. Rose, a pregnant, devout Catholic, travels to the Kentucky refuge from California, […]

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Almost as interesting to me as the book’s themes and Nabokov’s dazzling technique is the mystery of how I avoided it for several decades. I mean, it didn’t need any help in the allure department. But now that I am in full reverence mode for VN—reading his letters, poems, anything by and about the master—I […]

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