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Susan Bybee
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In Which I Went to Lone Jack
Lone Jack MO.  This was important -- bucket list important -- and I kept putting it off for years. Lone Jack, a town a few miles outside of Kansas City, was the site of an 1862 Civil War battle. One of the most famous characters in fiction lost his eye ther...

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My Bookshelf's Back
O my bookshelf. I'll never let you go again. 

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2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Check Out My Prediction?
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is something I look forward to every year. Since there are no nominations announced in advance, I dizzy myself with speculation: Will the committee go with a crowd-pleaser, or go delightfully obscure? A book that takes place o...

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There, There Now
My wrist is nearly healed, so I'm back to typing with both hands. The right-side shift makes me wince a bit, but it's nothing I can't handle, she said bravely. I've read so much these past couple of months, but blogging...it's like I'm locked up, locked in....

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Blob is 13!
Happy 13th birthday, Blob! I can't believe you've been my very own sweet darling book blog since 2004! What do you mean "Whatever"?  And what's with the eye roll? Here's some economy-sized Clearasil. No, you can't drive the car. Not even to a bookstore or a...

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i have no wrist but i must blog
not spraining, but fracturing...on groundhog day, of all days. i woke with some trepidation on the 3rd. at first, i was going to wait until i could type properly, but that's another whole month. to HELL with that. if bauby could blink out all of the diving ...

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F This, I'm Getting A Bookshelf
Last year, I decided to be noble and not take up so much space in the spare bedroom with my bookshelves. That space was needed for a twin bed or a futon for overnight guests. Long story short, I moved the shelves out to the garage where they hold canned goo...

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2016 Reads: All Together Now
Here are all 62 books I read in 2016. Favorites are bolded in blue: I was under the impression that I read very few books published in 2016. Wrong!!! January: 1. Green Dolphin Street - Elizabeth Goudge. Novel. 1944. 2. Sp ark Joy - Marie Kondo. Nonfiction. ...

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Newly Minted, Minty Fresh 2017 Resolutions
Already January 5!  Time to resolve! The "I would like..." format for resolutions felt pretty good last year, so I'm going with that again: I would like to read 55 books in 2017. I would like to finish Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow in 2017. As of today,...

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A Look Back at Those Pesky Bibliolutions
I am amazed at how full of goodness and energy and plans I am at the beginning of the year. I'm just brimming with it. This year is no exception, but first, let's revisit that list so freshly and confidently baked at the  beginning of 2016: I would like to ...
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