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Amy Rea
I'm a mother, wife, writer, dog lover, and knitter.
Interests: Traveling, cooking, reading, hiking, knitting
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This book. How do I describe it while avoiding spoilers? Pretty darn tough, I'll tell you that. It starts fairly innocuously with Apollo, whose father abandoned Apollo and his mother when Apollo was young, meeting Emma, wooing her, marrying, and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at New Century Reading
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After the thrill of learning I was a grant recipient last November, I floated in a delightful haze for quite a while. Me! A grant! To write a novel! Then, earlier this month, I got an email from the State... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Year of the Grant
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My name is Amy C. Rea. I'm the author of a number of books, some of which are guidebooks to Minnesota, while others are educational books written for kids and teens. I'm also a writer of poetry and fiction. You... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Year of the Grant
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What we have here is the diary of Jacob, an Amish farmer whose family and community witness some bizarre lights in the sky one night, and then slowly, their world falls apart. Turns out there's been a devastating celestial storm,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at New Century Reading
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I was trying to think of a non-cliched way to describe this book of poetry: Harrowing. Fierce. Searing. OK, great, I'm not succeeding in my originality quest. Don't Call Us Dead is the second collection from Danez Smith, and it's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at New Century Reading
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Talk about a timely book. The protagonist of Go, Went, Gone (the edition I read had commas in the title, unlike the one I found on Goodreads to grab a picture) is a retired professor in Berlin. He's a childless... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at New Century Reading
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This is the first book I finished in 2018, and boy howdy does it set a high standard for my reading going forward this year. Set in a fictional Pennsylvania town called Bakerton, formerly a coal stronghold, but now struggling,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at New Century Reading
Lincoln in the Bardo was one of my favorites of this year, and while Saunders is a heavyweight, I don't at all begrudge him anything on that one. It's a marvelous book. I'm thinking of rereading more this year. I have lots of books I'd like to revisit. But if you're reading Graham Greene, I could be tempted to join you. Or The Odyssey. ;)
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2018 on the year in reading at Nonsuch Book
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Saga Vol. 1 opens with a woman giving birth, and it's quickly established that she and her husband are a space-age Romeo and Juliet, each descended from a long line of the other's enemies. But unlike the classical teens, Alana... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at New Century Reading
It's time. What did I read in 2017? Stats: Books read: 101 (a record, I believe! Although given that I read a lot during a six-week period when I had two family members having a contest to see who could... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at New Century Reading
It's time. What did I read in 2017? Stats: Books read: 83 Fiction: 63 Nonfiction: 18 Poetry: 2 Young adult: 6 Classics: 9 Male authors: 33 Female authors: 36 Re-reads: 7 Favorite reads, in no particular order (links are to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at New Century Reading
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Who Reads Poetry is a collection of 50 essays originally published in Poetry magazine. It's a lively collection that disputes the old stereotype that only English professors read poetry, and that poetry is a dying art. It also demonstrates poetry's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at New Century Reading
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In Return of the Magi (I almost typed Return of the Jedi--guess what movie series has been on my mind this week), Emil Rice is a smooth talker and not terribly successful thief, given how he keeps getting caught over... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at New Century Reading
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And so we have come to the last book in James' Jane Austen Read All A-Long. And it fittingly ended with a book that I very much liked--much better than ending with Emma or Northanger Abbey. In fact, if I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I suspect this book is not going to be everybody's cup of tea, and for me, it might have been a "right time/right book" reading, where if I'd tried it at some other point in my life, I would have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at New Century Reading
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Donte Collins' debut collection, Autopsy, is stunning. The title (and cover artwork) is more than apt. The idea of autopsies reverberates throughout these poems: the autopsy of his dead mother, dead sister, his early childhood before being adopted, his life... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at New Century Reading
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A couple of years ago, I found this book half-price in a gift shop after Christmas and snapped it up to save for the next December holidays. What a good impulse buy that turned out to be; having read it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at New Century Reading
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Wow. Where to begin? Layli Long Soldier's Whereas is a collection of poetry that explores the personal and the political, but the latter from a deeply personal perspective, all the while looking at how language is used and abused and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I read this book right after reading Tracks for my book club. I had read Tracks before but didn't like it quite as much on the re-read; I hadn't read Four Souls before and wasn't sure what to expect, given... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at New Century Reading
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My long-time book club has decided that November is Louise Erdrich month. Given how many novels she's written, that'll keep us going for several years, as opposed to when November used to be Bronte month; I mean, those Brontes were... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at New Century Reading
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The Power is a bit of an "it" book at the moment, and no wonder: The premise is that teenage girls worldwide suddenly develop a new physical attribute: a "skein" across their collarbones that allows them to harness and control... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at New Century Reading
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Wow. I hardly know where to start with how much I loved this book. I read it in one sitting--not difficult for a graphic memoir, granted, but it's very compelling. This is the story of Thi Bui's family, who escaped... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at New Century Reading
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Stay with Me is a slow-burner of a first novel, one that I almost quit about 50 pages in, but decided to keep going, and boy, am I ever glad I did. It's the story of a Nigerian couple, Yejide... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at New Century Reading
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As Jane Austen's books go, this is neither my favorite nor my most hated. I suspect I'd have enjoyed it more if I was familiar with The Mysteries of Udolpho, the book which I believe Austen was parodying in Northanger... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I loved the first volume of Virginia Woolf's diaries, and volume two did not disappoint. After surviving a breakdown in volume one, this volume finds Woolf growing in strength and health, as well as gaining mastery and confidence in her... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at New Century Reading