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View Diary: What are you reading? Jan 23, 2013 (44 comments)

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  •  Russo's "Elsewhere" and a light novel (9+ / 0-)

    I highly recommend Russo's mother/son memoir.  It is powerful and evocative about family, class, aging, and mental illness.  I haven't read many of his novels and now intend to go back an read every one.  I genuinely liked the author, something I don't always feel after reading a memoir.

    I also read "Where have you gone Bernadette" which got some great reviews.  It was certainly a very fun read, and amusing parody of the Seattle wealthy and private schools, but it was so unlikely at points.  Sometimes I got the feeling that the author was just envisioning a movie (and it would be a fun one). So ok, certainly, but did not leave me feeling in any way edified.

    •  I'm reading "elsewhere" too (1+ / 0-)
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      I like Russo's work.  "Empire Falls" is good -- especially if you relate to New England mill towns.  "The Straight Man" is great, too, especially if you're a college professor.  But he mostly writes beautifully about working class Northeast small towns and cities.  Funny and evocative.

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