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About bookbii

I'm an ordinary woman living an ordinary life in an ordinary place, and it is quietly wonderful

Zero K by Don DeLillo

Life has been a bit messy recently, strangely bitty and unsettled and I’ve found myself craving silence and darkness, crystal-cold clarity and the icy certainty of facts and analysable data. It may have something to do with the slow procession … Continue reading

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Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner

I first hear of Sylvia Townsend Warner when David Mitchell (who I adore) named her book The Corner That Held Them as one of his favourite books of all time. This was some time ago and I never got around … Continue reading

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Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

It’s been a bit of a tough year on the personal front. Nothing truly terrible has happened, but I have found myself in a situation where I feel I have been robbed of all my power, my ferocity, and I … Continue reading

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A Message from God in the Atomic Age by Irene Vilar (translated by Gregory Rabassa)

I could have chosen this book for the title alone, but its acquisition was more about securing myself a more diverse range of voices than that currently available in my library. Which is an admission that I bought this book, … Continue reading

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Dreams of Trespass (Tales of a Harem Girlhood) by Fatima Mernissi

I feel a bit weighed down by North American writers at the moment. The last 3 books I’ve read have been by North American writers and having done a little audit of my TBRs there’s a glut of North American … Continue reading

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A new blog

When I started out trying to read fewer books what I was really trying to do was to give myself some space in which to figure out what I really want to do with my life. Hey, I’m 42 and … Continue reading

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Selected Stories by Alice Munro

I don’t like short story collections. I tell myself this all the time. I have a bunch of short story collections in my library and every time I think about picking one up my mind goes ‘ugh’ and I think … Continue reading

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