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All because of Aaron Sorkin: how the West Wing changed me

The internet is aflutter with excitement about Aaron Sorkin’s new television show, The Newsroom. All kinds of questions are being asked: how will Sorkin write a Republican protagonist? Where’s Bradley Whitford? Will The Newsroom air anywhere besides the US? Here’s what I’m asking: will it change lives? Because The West Wing changed mine. For a… Continue reading All because of Aaron Sorkin: how the West Wing changed me

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To My Fellow White Evangelicals

We interrupt our not-so-regular schedule of book nerding to address an issue dear to my heart. This is a guest post by my roommate, dear friend, and fellow Christian, Liz Dawson. She would welcome respectful discussion at lizz.dawson@gmail.com.   To my fellow Christians: Or should I say, my fellow white evangelicals—a term that I don’t… Continue reading To My Fellow White Evangelicals

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Claire’s Week in Books, 2nd to 9th October

Inbox The Wangs vs The World, by Jade Chang This was my Book of the Month pick for October, despite the fact that I’ve recently been trying to avoid books that have had a lot of launch buzz. I’ve been finding that while many of these books are good, maybe even very good, few of… Continue reading Claire’s Week in Books, 2nd to 9th October

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Claire’s Week in Books, 25th September to 2nd October

Inbox The Futures, by Anna Pitoniak I can’t seem to get enough of the meeting-at-university-and-going-out-into-the-world-all-bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed plotline (and, apparently, unusually pluralised nouns as book titles, like The Hopefuls and The Interestings and The Inseparables). In this one, Julia and Evan, who come from very different backgrounds, meet at Yale and move to NYC just in time… Continue reading Claire’s Week in Books, 25th September to 2nd October

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Claire’s Week in Books, 18th to 25th September

Inbox A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, by Eimar McBride I don’t know very much about this book at all, other than the fact that it’s stream of consciousness-y and a bit experimental. Since I’m writing something that’s a bit different too, I’m particularly interested in writers bending genre at the moment – but if… Continue reading Claire’s Week in Books, 18th to 25th September

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Claire’s Week in Books, 11th to 18th September

Inbox Hag Seed, by Margaret Atwood Confession: I’ve only read one Margaret Atwood novel – The Penelopiad – but I loved it. And it was fun to get to tell her so at Book Riot Live last year at the party in the rare books room of Strand Books. There’s generally a lot of Book Riot love… Continue reading Claire’s Week in Books, 11th to 18th September

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Claire’s Week in Books, 4th to 11th September

  Inbox The Nix, by  Nathan Hill This is one of the big books of the fall. Big as in buzzy, but also big as in 600+ pages. I’m undecided as to how badly I want to read it – there’s a DNC-based element to the plot, and I love fiction that has anything to… Continue reading Claire’s Week in Books, 4th to 11th September

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Claire’s Week in Books, 28th August to 4th September

This was my bookish week. How was yours? Inbox Who’s That Girl, by Mhairi McFarlane I loved Mhairi McFarlane’s You Had Me At Hello  a couple of years ago, not least because she is British and roughly my age, so a novel set partly in the university years of her characters brought back happy memories. As… Continue reading Claire’s Week in Books, 28th August to 4th September