Monthly Archives: September 2016

Wilson — A. Scott Berg

Woodrow Wilson is one of the few US Presidents about whom my school days gave me some preparation. UK history teaching at the secondary level places a significant emphasis on 20th century history, and in particular on the two World … Continue reading

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Hot Milk — Deborah Levy

In Hot Milk, Sofia, our narrator, has abandoned a doctorate in anthropology to care for her mother, Rose, whose legs are failing her. They are visiting a coastal area of southern Spain to attend a clinic run by a Doctor … Continue reading

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The Sellout — Paul Beatty

I don’t know if this is because more are being written, or if it’s simply that more are coming across my radar, but I am increasingly seeing books (and very good ones at that) explicitly dealing with issues of race … Continue reading

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Eileen — Ottessa Moshfegh

Eileen is a 24 year old secretary in a prison for juvenile offenders who lives at home with her abusive alcoholic father. Struggling to care for him and deeply bitter towards the world in general, she not only dislikes almost … Continue reading

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The Life and Times of William Howard Taft — Henry F. Pringle

Taft was a middling president who had an impressive career both before and after his time in office. Pringle’s biography does an excellent job in portraying the early Taft, up to his return from the Philippines, but deteriorates somewhat after … Continue reading

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Booker Shortlist 2016 Announced

The shortlist for 2016 has been announced and the 6 contenders for the prize are: The Sellout by Paul Beatty Hot Milk by Deborah Levy His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh All That Man Is … Continue reading

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Colonel Roosevelt — Edmund Morris

In 1884, Roosevelt lost his mother and his wife within hours of each other on February 14th. His response was to run away to North Dakota for a few years, abandoning his infant daughter (he would resume his parental responsibilities … Continue reading

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