Category Archives: Commentary

Observations, discussions and other posts that are not strictly book reviews.

Life in a van, and a lot more

By Linda C. Brinson If you have access to the Greensboro News & Record today (May 26), please read my interview with Ken Ilgunas and my review of his book Walden on Wheels. The N&R doesn’t provide its copy free … Continue reading

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She’s back, in great style

Readers who have access to the Greensboro News & Record’s lively book page will find my interview with North Carolina native Jill McCorkle there today, along with my review of her wonderful new novel, Life After Life, just being published by … Continue reading

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Move over Queen Elizabeth – I’ve had a James Bond moment myself

By Linda C. Brinson Readers who have access to the Greensboro News & Record may have seen my James Bond spread on its book page Sunday, Aug. 5. I can’t link to it here because the News & Record is … Continue reading

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On the latest from Anne Tyler

On June 24, my review of Anne Tyler’s latest novel, The Beginner’s Goodbye (Knopf, $24.95), ran in the Greensboro News & Record’s book section. I appreciate the News & Record’s dedication to running locally written reviews when so many newspapers … Continue reading

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Good food, good reading

By Linda Brinson Those who have access to the Greensboro News & Record might want to take a look at my review on its Books page today of Maya Angelou’s new cookbook, Great Food, All Day Long: Eat Splendidly, Eat … Continue reading

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Let the debate continue!

Paul O’Connor’s amazing (?) feat of reading Moby-Dick on his iPhone prompted Stephen Wishnevsky of Winston-Salem to write about another classic of American literature, Huckleberry Finn, and to confess to an act of literary heresy. By Stephen Wishnevsky. In the … Continue reading

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Hello Again – Tentatively

Forgive me reviewers and readers. I have been remiss in posting reviews. I have a number of good reviews waiting in the wings, and they’ve been waiting for a while. But it’s not my fault. Or if it is my … Continue reading

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Michael Malone’s latest (I think), and editors or their lack

Michael Malone, a North Carolina writer, is one of my favorite contemporary authors. He’s also one of the most frustrating. At times, he goes long stretches without publishing a novel. Somehow, when he does come out with a new novel, … Continue reading

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Christmas, Winter Novels

By Linda Brinson A few days ago, I posted a review here of Anne Perry’s 2010 Christmas novel, A Christmas Odyssey.  For my reviews of three additional new Christmas- or winter-themed novels, take a look at today’s (Dec. 12) book … Continue reading

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In praise of editors

By Linda Brinson What an interesting feature on National Public Radio this week: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130838304 It seems that even though Jane Austen’s brother Henry said that “Everything came finished from her pen,” the great writer really did need an editor. Recent … Continue reading

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