Author Archives: Noreen Tomassi

Quote of the Week

“The book was in her lap; she had read no further. The power to change one’s life comes from a paragraph, a lone remark. The lines that penetrate us are slender, like the flukes that live in river water and … Continue reading

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Literary Shock and Awe by Tom Piazza A lot of people have been offering their ripostes, pro and con, to last Sunday’s William Giraldi NYTBR review of two books – a novel and a story collection – by Alix Ohlin. … Continue reading

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Writers Tell Us What They Plan to Read in 2012

To start the new year, we asked some of our favorite writers about their reading plans for 2012.  Here’s what they had to say: LOUIS BEGLEY: I always play catch up in my reading – unless I reread! – so … Continue reading

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Literary Prizes: Theirs, Ours, and Everybody Else’s

The twitterverse is all atweet with reactions to the announcement of the National Book Award 2011 Short List, and once again it’s the fiction list that is causing the stir. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obrecht aside, where are all … Continue reading

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The Storm at the Door

Stefan Merrill Block’s new book, The Storm at the Door, explores the territory between fiction and non-fiction as Block recounts the story of his grandfather’s involuntary commitment to McLean Hospital, the renowned New England facility for the treatment of mental … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week

Every reader finds himself. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself. – Marcel Proust

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