Author Archives: thiscommonreader

Dog bites and bee stings: summer's here!

Who said that living is easy in the summertime?   Don’t get me wrong, I love being outside, the long days and the hot weather.  But for me, summer is a contact sport in which I usually lose. Two weeks ago … Continue reading

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Memorial Day, 2012

Memorial Day originated from the commemoration of the fallen American Civil War Union soldiers and has evolved into a US Federal holiday which pays tribute to all American soldiers who have died in our wars. This week let us remember … Continue reading

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Beach Reading for Summer 2012

Here’s This Common Reader’s book list for beach reading this summer. For the guys. On summer break between my junior and senior years at college, I was introduced to George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman series by a friend who wore a Prince … Continue reading

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This Common Reader goes to the library.

Want to know a secret?  A borrowed library book or e-book is cheaper than a book purchased at an upscale book-coffee shop or online.   It’s even less expensive than the bargains you find on the half-price shelf and at second … Continue reading

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April Brings Azaleas and PGA 2012 Masters

When I was young, my sisters and I used to make fun of our adult relations who watched golf on TV.  “Could life get any more boring!” we snickered. Our logic was that the game of golf in and of … Continue reading

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Death Comes to Pemberley Brings Life to Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, published in 1813, is one of the most popular novels in English literature. And in defense of Ms. Austen’s good name, I would like to use my Andy Rooney voice and ask the question:  Have you … Continue reading

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What is the What in South Sudan?

Sorry if you’ve heard this from me before, but I am a HUGE David Eggers fan.  According to Wikipedia – that is where I stalk all my heroes – Mr. Eggers is author to several books, owner of the publishing … Continue reading

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The Art of Racing in The Rain and Ridin' with The King

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein teaches us that the past is finished, focus on what lies ahead.  Here’s what makes the story interesting: It is narrated by a dog. Enzo is named for the race … Continue reading

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The Reservoir A Richmond Tragedy

John Milliken Thompson’s The Reservoir is a historical mystery. Anyone who starts it will not put it down until the last page.  You have been warned. Clear your calendar before you turn to page one. As I was reading, something … Continue reading

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Romance Fiction, Be My Valentine

Romance Writers of America reports that romance fiction makes up 13.4% of the $10 billion annual revenue tallied in consumer books.  As they say in that business, that’s a lot of bodice ripping and bosom heaving. The romance fiction publishing … Continue reading

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