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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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As this book opens, Jennifer McGaha and her husband Davis seem to have it made--they have a nice home in North Carolina, three children, he's got a thriving accounting business, she teaches part time. But as the economy tanked in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at New Century Reading
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What a nice work space! Two monitors! I'd say I'm high-tech, but pretty much everyone else in the family has three. And look at that snazzy ergonomic keyboard. Planner, reading glasses, research notes, transcripts of interviews, filing cabinet with a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at Year of the Grant
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Holy moley, people, this book. THIS BOOK. It's not perfect, but it's wildly creative, written by a very smart author who seems fearless and willing to make the oddest connections, and yet they work. These are stories based on stories,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at New Century Reading
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One thing that's been high on my priority list this year is rereading novels-in-stories that I think were very successful and trying to understand what made them work where others fail. I already know that a big problem I have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Year of the Grant
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I've read this before, many years ago, but it was a pleasure to return to. It's a phenomenal journey through Plath's teenage and college years up until the time she was about to leave the U.S. for good, married to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at New Century Reading
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This book seems to be polarizing. I've seen many people on Goodreads crowning it with all literary glories, but those who don't like it, while in the minority, are pretty vocal about it. I fall squarely into the latter camp.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at New Century Reading
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This is the third of Jennifer Haigh's Bakerton novels, which I read completely out of order. The first one I read was the last one published, Heat & Light; then I read the first one published, Baker Towers; and finally... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at New Century Reading
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Well, this one knocked me over. I thought from the title, and the initial glance I took at the interior, that it was a fun graphic novel about monsters and the horror genre. And it is, but it's so, so,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at New Century Reading
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This book, people. This book. It's a deceptively simple concept: A graphic novel that traces (circuitously) the life of a house. Specifically, the life of one room--one corner of that room. From its prehistoric roots to its future beyond today,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at New Century Reading
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This is the first book Jennifer Haigh wrote set in the fictional mining town of Bakerton, PA. Earlier this year I read her latest book, Heat & Light, and was knocked out by it. I knew I was taking a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at New Century Reading
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Ghosts of the Tsunami is the kind of book that I want to urge everyone to read, and yet it's such a brutal, heartbreaking read that I find myself hesitating. I actually teared up three separate times while reading it--and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at New Century Reading
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I read this book many, many times during adolescence, and absolutely loved it. It was introduced to me by my mother, who also read it as a teen and loved it. How's that for a feel-good anecdote? So when my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at New Century Reading
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I'm not a writer who holds with the "I can't read while I'm writing" theory of creativity. I've read quotes from people who say they avoid reading while writing in order to avoid plagiarism. That's certainly a worthy goal. But... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Year of the Grant
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Boy, did I love this book. This is a collection of stand-alone stories, but they all circle around the characters and their connections, sometimes tenuous, to one another. In the opening story, single mother Reyna dutifully visits her boyfriend, Boyd,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at New Century Reading
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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 Jan 22, 2018 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 Jan 16, 2018 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 Jan 16, 2018 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