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About thiscommonreader

Bibliophile, Virginian by birth, Photographer, Traveler, Volunteer, Consensus Builder, Product Development and Marketing Professional, New Technology Follower, ...

April Brings Azaleas and PGA 2012 Masters

When I was young, my sisters and I used to make fun of our adult relations who watched golf on TV.  “Could life get any more boring!” we snickered. Our logic was that the game of golf in and of … Continue reading

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Death Comes to Pemberley Brings Life to Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, published in 1813, is one of the most popular novels in English literature. And in defense of Ms. Austen’s good name, I would like to use my Andy Rooney voice and ask the question:  Have you … Continue reading

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What is the What in South Sudan?

Sorry if you’ve heard this from me before, but I am a HUGE David Eggers fan.  According to Wikipedia – that is where I stalk all my heroes – Mr. Eggers is author to several books, owner of the publishing … Continue reading

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The Art of Racing in The Rain and Ridin’ with The King

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein teaches us that the past is finished, focus on what lies ahead.  Here’s what makes the story interesting: It is narrated by a dog. Enzo is named for the race … Continue reading

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The Reservoir A Richmond Tragedy

John Milliken Thompson’s The Reservoir is a historical mystery. Anyone who starts it will not put it down until the last page.  You have been warned. Clear your calendar before you turn to page one. As I was reading, something … Continue reading

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Romance Fiction, Be My Valentine

Romance Writers of America reports that romance fiction makes up 13.4% of the $10 billion annual revenue tallied in consumer books.  As they say in that business, that’s a lot of bodice ripping and bosom heaving. The romance fiction publishing … Continue reading

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New Author and e-Publishing

This Common Reader had a conversation with poet and novelist Vernon Wildy, Jr a few weeks back. We talked about why he writes, self-publishing and his new book Nice Guys Finish Last. TCR:  When did you discover you were a … Continue reading

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Celebrate Groundhog Day – Why Not?

Recipes make excellent reading material.  I read them from anywhere – cookbooks, cooking magazines, newspapers, online or handwritten from someone’s recipe box.   Some of the best recipes I have are from the backs of cans.  So, I guess that makes … Continue reading

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Here’s an adventure story to chase away the winter blues

Saving the family stories of our genealogy Guest blogger and author Nancy Pellicer Dyer writes about her family genealogy and how it inspired her to write her first novel The Minorcan Yoke. When I was thirteen, my teacher gave me … Continue reading

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Satire on Social Media

Satire: literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn. Kurt Vonnegut, David Sedaris, and Carl Hiaasen move over and make room on my bookshelf for my new favorite satirist Gary Shteyngart. Born in Leningrad and raised … Continue reading

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