We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves- Book Review

Not all 300+ page books are created equal.  Sometimes they feel like a chore.  Sometimes they take forever to finish.  Sometimes we abandon them.  But not Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.  It felt like a dream.  Within pages, I knew I was already sorry it was not longer.  That I would never want it to end.  I couldn’t stop reading.  I didn’t want to read anything else.  She had my undivided attention. Continue reading

Reunited, and it feels so good

No, I’m not talking about an old high school girlfriend, a forgotten box of gourmet chocolates, a favorite book, or even a trusty pair of awesome green jeans (that I would still look GREAT in, by the way).  No, I’m talking about my lawn mower.  I just mowed my lawn for the first time since May.  And I’m surprised how much I have missed it. Continue reading

TIME: Another Book List

This list first came to my attention as an app and an invite on www.goodreads.com.  And it was labeled simply “ALL TIME 100 Novels.”  “All time of what?” was my question.  I looked to the TIME site itself for clarification, and it is (more descriptively) explained to be the (apparent) 100 best English-Language novels from 1923 to the present (according to TIME critics Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo).  Of course, we here at Dunce Academy are actively working on our own list, and as you will see, there is not a lot of overlap.  You can take that to mean whatever you like.  Continue reading