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Monthly Archives: October 2015

VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR: Show Time by Phil Harvey October 30, 2015

Once again, the good folks at BookBear asked me to be a part of a virtual book tour, this time for a book called “Show Time” by Phil Harvey. “Show Time” is a powerfully interesting book.  It describes the life of the contestants on a Survivor-like show.  What makes is unlike Survivor is that there…

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Fun House Mirror October 25, 2015

I’m old, but not so old that I am completely afraid of technology. I embrace it, for the most part, for all the things it can do for us, and the ways it can make things easier. One of the best things it can do for me is allow me to keep my big fat…

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BOOK REVIEW: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell October 22, 2015

Fangirl: A Novel This book is well on its way to being a young adult classic. It stars Cather (identical twin to Wren – get it Cather…Wren….?) who is what most young women imagine themselves to be and so is infinitely relatable. Cather is prettier than she thinks she is, funnier than she thinks she is,…

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Getting His Ears Pierced October 18, 2015

My thirteen year old son wants his ears pierced. My sunny little blonde haired blued eyed smiling little boy wants to poke holes in his head and decorate himself. Ok, his hair isn’t clear yellow anymore: it has become a light brown/dirty blonde, and he isn’t little so much as 5’9”, but his eyes are…

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BOOK REVIEW: All Who Go Do Not Return October 16, 2015

  All Who Go Do Not Return: A Memoir by Shulem Deen This book is a memoir written by a once pious yeshiva boy living in an insular Hasidic community turned Brooklyn hipster.  The story of how that transformation happened, the spiritual and social struggle, is really fascinating. As a Reform Jew, as far philosophically…

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Ode to the Marching Band October 11, 2015

This is fall and this is the deepest part of the deep south, and that means that it is football season.  People only get a little excited around here about pro football, but love of a college team will forge (or break) friendships, and Friday night means heading out to the local high school stadium,…

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BOOK REVIEW: Secondhand Souls October 8, 2015

Secondhand Souls: A Novel by Christopher Moore I have a confession to make: I love Christopher Moore. I make this by way of confession rather than simply a statement of opinion because he makes more penis jokes than someone of my pretend stature and education ought to approve of. He’s often crude, often blasphemous, but…

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Chicken Soup for the Sick October 4, 2015

The seasons are changing now, from summer to fall, from eyeball melting heat to mere hotness, and here in Georgia that means that on any given day it might be 85 degrees out or 50.  Or both. This is a recipe for illness in the Duff household, with my son and I generally bearing the…

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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR: The Whisper King October 2, 2015

I was thrilled to be contacted by BookBear (click here for their Facebook and here for their Twitter) to be a featured blogger on their virtual book tour of The Whisper King by Wil Radcliffe. I mean, they gave me a free book to give an honest review: how bad could that be? Plus, you know…

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