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Help an Author: Review a Book

When I’m not busy with the Chevron Ross books, I spend a great deal of time reviewing the works of other authors. Why? Because I know what it’s like to battle for attention in today’s book market. Writing is a great risk. Despite investing hundreds of hours in research and…
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August 20, 2021
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Best Recollections: The Lathe of Heaven

This is another installment of treasures from my bookshelf. Though I am loath to part with any of my books, some are so special that I wish I could erase them from my memory and read them again for the first time. An appropriate lead-in to today’s subject. The Lathe…
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August 13, 2021
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East of the Mountains A Chevron Ross Book Review

Discovering a new writer is like making a new friend. I knew nothing of David Guterson until I read Snow Falling on Cedars a few years ago. Now, after completing his earlier novel East of the Mountains, I wish we’d met a long time ago. The story is a simple…
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August 6, 2021
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Conspiracy Theories and the Price of Obsession

In this dark age of rampant conspiracy theories, it’s hard to imagine a better cure for them than a journey through Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s magnificent novel, The Shape of the Ruins. The author has taken on the task of showing how poisonous obsessions may lead to the destruction of their…
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July 30, 2021
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More Great Opening Lines

Several weeks ago I posted some interesting opening lines from various novels. Here, at random, are a few more. “‘I see …’ said the vampire thoughtfully, and slowly he walked across the room towards the window.” Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice “It was a bright cold day in…
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July 23, 2021
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The Night Watchman: A Chevron Ross Book Review

Native American culture is only a ghost of what it was before the European invasion swept across the continent. So fittingly, ghosts linger in the world of The Night Watchman, Louise Erdrich’s deeply personal homage to her grandfather and the Chippewa tribe of which he was chairman. Set in 1953,…
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July 16, 2021
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Best Recollections … A Separate Peace

Have you ever enjoyed a book so much that you wish you could erase your memory and read it again for the first time? I have quite a few such favorites. They’re all permanent residents of my bookshelves; old friends that I occasionally take down and visit again. Though I…
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July 9, 2021
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A Gentleman in Moscow: A Chevron Ross Book Review

Amor Towles recently announced that his new novel, The Lincoln Highway, will be available on October 5, 2021. For those who haven’t heard of this author, I enthusiastically recommend his previous novel, A Gentleman in Moscow. You wouldn’t think that a story about a man living out his life in…
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July 2, 2021
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Allen Drury’s Ruthless Journalist

While reading Allen Drury’s novel Anna Hastings, I couldn’t help thinking of Helen Thomas, the longtime United Press International correspondent. A fixture at White House news conferences for many decades, she was known for asking blunt, intimidating questions at a time when the Presidential press corps was almost exclusively male.…
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June 25, 2021
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State of Wonder: A Chevron Ross Book Review

It’s hard to read this book without thinking of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. A woman’s journey into the Amazon forest to find an eccentric scientist isn’t far off the mark, and I wonder if Ann Patchett had Conrad in mind when she conceived this tale. Dr. Marina Singh, researcher…
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June 18, 2021