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September 06, 2009

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A house fire is always a tragedy, but the tragedy is compounded when fire destroys a home during a holiday period, which should be a happy, festive occasion.

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I've been reading

  • Evelyn Waugh: Scoop

    Evelyn Waugh: Scoop
    Reading this for our Literarians group here at the Center. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month. We'll be discussing Scoop at our January 14 gathering at 12:15 pm. Join us! (***)

  • Richard Ford: Rock Springs

    Richard Ford: Rock Springs
    First read this collection when it came out in 1988 and remember that it astonished me at the time. Every story in it is impeccably written and the collection as a whole secured Ford's place as one of America's best short story writers. Reading it again this summer has been a deep pleasure. "Sweethearts" in particular is as good as a story gets. Check it out and browse all Ford's work in our new open stacks.

  • Peter Cameron: The City of Your Final Destination

    Peter Cameron: The City of Your Final Destination
    A University of Iowa grad student decides to write his thesis on a Uruguayan writer who is survived by his gay brother, painter wife, and his lover and their child. Grad student visits family compound in the Uruguayan hills and complications ensue. A book about love and selfishness and the lingering power of old attachments.

  • Edith Wharton: The Custom of the Country (Penguin Classics)

    Edith Wharton: The Custom of the Country (Penguin Classics)
    As fresh and amusing as the day it was first published, with a heroine you love to hate--not quite the Paris Hilton of her day, but almost.

  • Jonathan Hayes: Precious Blood

    Jonathan Hayes: Precious Blood
    The book is good--a tight, well-constructed serial killer story with spot-on descriptions of New York City. The author, who read at the Merc in January, is a senior medical examiner in the coroner's office in Manhattan and a food and wine writer for Martha Stewart Living. So you know he's not your average guy. He's also a great speaker--witty and smart and engaging, with some astonishing stories to tell. We hope to have him back again in April to talk about the Maltese Falcon, so look for the listing on our events calendar.

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