Author Archives: Ellen Akins

How then must we live, reader, and who do you love?

You may begin because someone says you’ve got to read this. Or because it’s assigned. Or because everyone or a few people or even one person you respect seems to think you should. Or maybe you’ve run across an intriguing … Continue reading

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Jean Thompson, She Poured Out Her Heart (or did she?)

Three years, three books by the hardworking Jean Thompson, whose The Humanity Project and The Witch and Other Tales Re-Told I reviewed for the Minneapolis Star Tribune Books as well. At the end of the title story in her 1999 collection “Who Do You … Continue reading

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Don DeLillo, Zero K

Shortly after starting to read this novel I began composing a review: “Even when Don DeLillo‘s just phoning it in, you want to take the call.” It got better, of course, as did the review, but there’s still a lot that’s … Continue reading

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Helen Oyeyemi, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

In “What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours”, her new collection from Riverhead Books, Helen Oyeyemi continues her way of tapping fairy tales & myth to make us question a reality too often too easily believed, including, perhaps, that this woman could possibly … Continue reading

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Louise Erdrich, LaRose

When, a few years ago, researchers at the New School in New York City conducted a study showing that reading literary fiction increases empathy, “The Round House” was one of the books they gave their subjects. It was hardly a … Continue reading

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