“The Noonday Demon,” Part 3

When Andrew Solomon writes that people “attribute their pain to external factors” (347), sometimes they’re right, poor or not.  I’m highly skeptical of this idea that the problem is always internal; claiming that changing the internal will change the external is usually […]

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“The Noonday Demon,” Part 2

Continuing with my thoughts on Andrew Solomon’s The Noonday Demon, he dismisses “chronic poisoning” too easily in the “Alternatives” chapter; it’s not just one’s house that may or may not harbor harmful off-gassing and poisons, we are pumping the air, soil, water, […]

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“The Noonday Demon” by Andrew Solomon, Part 1

Perhaps it was because I just happened to be in the middle of this book when Robin William’s died (and thus, there was much talk of “battling demons”) but I had some difficulty with this book, so my review is going to span four […]

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“Far From the Tree” by Andrew Solomon

Solomon’s meticulous and impeccable detail is a bit arduous at times, but it is this detail that conjures such vivid pictures of the lives of the parents and children he discusses.  He intersperses the personal stories he spent ten years gathering in interviews […]

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“No Easy Answers” by Brooks Brown

While I take a break between my old series on popular phrases and the new one I’m hoping to start in the next few weeks, I’m going to catch up on some reviews of books I’ve been reading lately – in part […]

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Clash of the Couples, aka, I’m going to be in a book!

Now, before you think Clash of the Couples is about sex, let me explain.  A few months ago, I saw a call for submissions on the website of Blue Lobster Book Co., asking for stories about your funniest spats or most absurd fights.  The […]

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Raging with Compassion

We interrupt our regularly scheduled “thoughts about phrases” programming – because it’s midterms – for a brief book review interlude.  I’m swamped with papers, projects, presentations and another writing deadline so today, I would just like to offer my brief thoughts on […]

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