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7 Musings about South of Broad, by Pat Conroy

  1. A leading character’s name is “Starla.”
  2. The editor was sloppy.  It is missing some necessary commas.
  3. The prose is so overwrought that it makes most soap operas seem like documentaries.
  4. It paints an accurate picture of Charleston’s caste system.
  5. It is a fast read.
  6. Pat Conroy can do better than this.

A fine read for a Saturday afternoon, but get it from the library.

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7 Reasons to Read “The Wild Things” by Dave Eggers

  1. It’s by Dave Eggers.
  2. Remember the line “I’ll eat you up, I love you so!”  Well, we get to see what that really means in the book.
  3. The monsters all talk like adults, but they have no judgment.  That’s either really interesting, or a terrifying commentary on adults.
  4. Eggers does a masterful job of maintaining the tone of the original Where the Wild Things Are, in a satisfying full-length novel.
  5. Reading it lets you crawl into the mind of an 8 year old boy and live vicariously for a while.  Reminds me of why I’m glad I’m not still eight years old, and why I sometimes wish I were eight years old.
  6. There are hundreds of tiny cats where the wild things live.
  7. Max’s crazy neighbor.

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