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January 18th, 2019

BowlawayBowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A beautifully written novel about an American family living through the beginning of the twentieth century and how their lives center around a candlepin bowling alley and the town around it. A deft mixture of humor, sharp storytelling, compelling characters, and sad truths. Highly recommended.

[I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher.]



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As a Christmas present, my wife bought me two custom-made suits. On the inside lining near the pocket, I had the option to have sown in a quote or any other words I wanted. I chose a quote by Mary Oliver:



I couldn't fit the whole quote which is:

Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.

(You can read the full poem here.)

With word of Mary Oliver's passing, I am deeply saddened and feel like the world has lost something very special. Her wisdom, insight, and deep love for the world will be missed.

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