Tagged: Female

Lit rec #223: Before the poetry, a sad tragic childhood (1950s).

‘The art of losing isn’t hard to master.’ Perseverance, humility, cleverness. My favorite villanelle. “ONE ART” by Elizabeth Bishop

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Lit rec #222: “Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.” (1997)

Spawned a pop-cultural phenomenon, that in my mind rivals the legacy of the Sopranos. HARRY POTTER & SORCERER’S STONE by JK Rowling


Lit rec #221: “Dally was so real he scared me.” One of the many characters brought to life by a teenage first-time writer (1967).

Intense, better than West Side Story. Written by a 16 yr old girl after watching a kid get beat up. THE OUTSIDERS by Susan E. Hinton


Lit rec #215: “They went in and out of each other’s minds without any effort.” (1925).

Time to reread this gem. One day in low/high London post-World War I, strolling, plotting, ruminating. MRS. DALLOWAY by Virginia Woolf.




Lit rec #212: “Love removes the world for you, and just as surely when it’s going well as when it’s going badly.” (1978)

Flo & Rose’s unforgettable linking stories. Start here if you’ve never read her or think you know her well. BEGGAR MAID by Alice Munro.



Lit rec #209: Good old Roman Catholics (1952).

The Church of Jesus Christ Without Christ. Her first novel, started out as a master’s thesis, no less! WISE BLOOD by Flannery O’Connor.




Lit rec #195: What Short Short Fiction Can Accomplish (2005).

Takes me back to my adolescence, car-trips, being stuck with parents and being happy. “CHURCH CANCELS COW” by Amy Hempel.