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Well, another year of Rose City Reader’s European Reading Challenge has come to a close. In my perennial quest to win the coveted “ ..read more
It took me way too long to read Svetlana Alexievich’s Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets. The only thing that took longer was ..read more
I suspect even the most knowledgeable World War II buff has a hard time remembering the USSR and Finland fought a brief war during the ..read more
I remember years ago as a little kid watching TV images of a violent volcanic eruption in some strange faraway place with the exotic name ..read more
I’ve read just two novels set in Belgium. There’s Tracy Chevalier’s The Lady and the Unicorn, set in both Brussels and Paris in the ..read more
It’s great Rose City Reader’s European Reading Challenge gets me reading books about the smaller countries of Europe like Monaco, ..read more
Rose City Reader’s European Reading Challenge has been one my favorite reading challenges. Over the years it’s been easy finding books ..read more
Back in August I called Peter Høeg’s whodunnit Smilla’s Sense of Snow the grandaddy of Nordic noir/Scandinavian crime because it was ..read more
About five years ago (goodness how time flies) I met a former co-worker for happy hour at a local watering hole. Right after we wrapped ..read more
Now that I’ve posted my favorite nonfiction of 2019 it’s time to announce this year’s favorite fiction. Of course, it doesn’t ..read more

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