Bookses • June/July 2019

Here are six brief reviews of eight novels I’ve read over the past month and a half:

  • Chinelo Okparanta, Under the Udala Trees

  • Takashi Hiraide, The Guest Cat

  • Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle

  • Susan Hill, The Mist in the Mirror

  • Sarah Léon, Wanderer

  • Mary Renault, The Alexander Trilogy

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Late spring reading micro-review dump

I’ve gotten behind on my review dumps, so here are a bunch of one-sentence reviews that span my reading from February through April. Hilary Mantel, Sarah Moss, Elizabeth Taylor, E.M. Forster, Ursula K. Le Guin, Lara Elena Donnelly, Mary Renault, Madeline Miller.

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Kohler Arts Center

One of my favourite galleries in the world is located an hour north of Milwaukee in Sheboygan, Wisconsin: the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Dedicated to contemporary art with an emphasis on outsider art, the Kohler Arts Center consistently puts on exhibitions that are surprising, strange, beautiful, and most of all delightful.

It also has the best washrooms.

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Winter reading mini-review dump: chonkers edition

Mini-reviews of some of the books I’ve read in early winter 2019, including four chonkers of 400+ pages. Richard Powers, Hilary Mantel, Sarah Waters, Dorothy Sayers, and Louise Erdrich. Spoilers for everything.

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