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December 26, 2011


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Thanks, Norman! Glad you enjoyed The Radioactive Lady.

Oh, I always love Norman's recap of the year's best. Thanks, y'all!

Hello Norman,

I totally concur with Rules of Civility--I loved it. I just finished The Marriage Plot and liked it much better than Middlesex. However, the book that topped my list this year was Swamplandia. Give it a go. Sure, it's all Southern and swampy, but the writing is just fabulous.

Hope y'all had great holidays and we'd love to see you soon!


Wow Norman, Bill and I are looking forward to reading these. Thanks. Bill wonders how fast you read??

Thanks for your comments...

Cindy, I read Swamplandia and liked it (there is a brief mention of it in the posting). Have you read "Citrus County" by John Brandon?, It is also a novel about children set in rural Florida. I thought it was very well written and just as good as Swamplandia.

Jane, I am not a fast reader, but I find myself reading throughout the day (at the gym on a stationary bike, at lunch, and in the evenings and weekends). I'm lucky to be a small book group with 3 other people who have excellent taste in books and push me to read some books that I would not ordinarily read.

Michelle, I enjoy your posts about food and thought about you and Steve when I read a book last year called The One Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard Morais. It is a really good book about a chef and his family, and it takes place in India, England, and (mostly) France. I don't always agree with Booklist, but I do agree with its description of the book as follows, "This novel, of mythic proportions yet told with truly heartfelt realism, is a stunning tribute to the devotion to family and food, in that order. Bound to please anyone who has ever been happily coaxed to eat beyond the point of fullness, overwhelmed by the magnetism of just one more bite."

Elizabeth, I first learned of your book, Revenge of the Radioactive Lady in The New Yorker, and was glad I did. I look forward to reading your next novel.

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