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The Big Rock Candy Mountain

I just finished Big Rock Candy Mountain and I feel a similar weighty ache to the one I felt when I finished Crossing to Safety, although not quite as sharp. (Did Stegner feel like this all the time? Hope not…) It’s the kind of book you end with a deep sigh. I’m going to have to start something new and different soon to avoid playing out the end of this novel over and over in my head. Not exactly in the Christmas spirit. Elsa, though. Wow, what a character. I love … Continue Reading

Apples are from Kazakhstan

Apples are from Kazakhstan has all the non-fiction bits I could have wanted. It’s a personal travelogue with diversions into history, politics and geography. Not nearly as elegant as