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  1. A Gate at the Stairs


    January 16, 2013 by Reader's Connection

    Tassie Keltjin, the narrator of Lorrie Moore’s novel A Gate at the Stairs, is attending college and lives in a Midwestern college town. She is hired by an exotic couple,…

  2. This Blessed Plot


    December 14, 2012 by Reader's Connection

    The 2012 gift suggestion list had only one history title on it so far, about the battle of Tippecanoe. I’m grateful to Deanna Long of the East Washington branch for…

  3. Is This an Appropriate Holiday Gift?


    November 15, 2012 by Reader's Connection

    When I got Robbie the Robot for Christmas, he was positioned in front of the tree and could gaze out robotically¬†over the living room. Each of us boys received a…

  4. What’s Left of Her


    October 15, 2012 by Reader's Connection

    My 2012 holiday gift list should include at least one teen title, and I’m delighted to feature Kat Zhang’s What’s Left of Me. Delighted because the novel is narrated by…

  5. O, I’m Onto the Ontological Argument!


    September 13, 2012 by Reader's Connection

    I was reading Jim Holt’s new book¬†Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story at work, and I emitted such a clap of laughter that I had to apologize…