God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut: Readalikes

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After visiting the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library over the holidays, I thought it might behoove me to celebrate my fellow Hoosier with a little notice in this blog. Vonnegut wrote several books, none of them very long, and if you like them, I have others to recommend to you. Slaughterhouse-Five: Or The Children's Crusade, A Duty-Dance […]

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Happy December…Dark Seasonal Reads

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I'm probably not the only contrarian who gets a little blue in dreary December. To satisfy your inner miserablist streak, why not try some of these dark reads to match the rapidly encroaching darkness outside? Tenth of December is a bleak but often hilarious collection of short stories blending the mundane and the surreal. George Saunders […]

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Crosswords at 101: A Puzzling Celebration

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cru•ci•ver•bal•ist, noun. A person skillful in solving or creating crossword puzzles. For over a century, crosswords have been challenging, vexing and delighting puzzlers of all ages. Who can resist the taunts of those scoundrels Across and Down, defying us to abandon our pens and walk away? If you've ever spent an afternoon determined to finish the New York […]

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I’m Dreaming of a Dark Christmas

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I'm the first person to sit down with a cup of cocoa and a cheesy Christmas movie (Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas, anyone?), but after a surfeit of sweet films and books, a little sorbet is in order. Apparently, I'm not alone on this one, as there is a long tradition of Christmas Ghost Stories. Whether you […]

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The Non-Traditional Diner

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Admit it, there are some of us who do not look forward to the holidays. Specifically, holiday dinners. Some of us will not eat roast beast and some cannot eat stuffing or the delicious-smelling desserts. My family has a potluck for holiday meals (There are a lot of us.), and it's often a challenge coming up […]

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Captains of Commerce

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I can say with a great deal of confidence that all successful businessmen are greedy and corrupt, but this just means I'm jealous. I want nothing more than to be wealthy, greedy and irretrievably immoral, but unfortunately, I have neither the intelligence nor the discipline to be so flagrantly determined. At least I can read books about […]

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Writers in Restaurants

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When you eat at a restaurant, you may schmooze the maître d' or flirt with the server, but do you give any thought to how your order actually gets to you? These three books (including one by the server you flirted with) may open your eyes. Chop Chop is a novel by Simon Wroe, who no doubt drew […]

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Grin and Bear It through the Holidays

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Ah, it's the time of year that your phone lights up with calls and texts about holiday plans—an argument or two may even ensue. Your partner is not thrilled to spend another Christmas with your crazy clan that's called family and you're even less elated to sit through another dinner featuring Aunt Gertrude's green bean casserole […]

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Holiday Party du Jour: Ideas to Spruce Up Your Holiday Gathering

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Have you ever been to one of those holiday parties where you wondered—who are these people? And how did they ever find the time to do this anyway? The decadent food, the bling decor and the hors d’oeuvres look like they came straight out of a high society magazine. Well, you too can be the […]

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