Author Archives: rachelreadsfiction

Moving on Down the Road

Dear Readers, If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been lately, it’s because I forgot to tell you that I’ve moved Coast to Coast Books to my brand-spanking-new website! Now you will see that besides being a reader, I’m also a writer … Continue reading

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I Thought You Were Dead!

I’m a dog lover. That’s probably why I chose to read Pete Nelson’s book, I Thought You Were Dead as my second Massachusetts book. I loved The Art of Racing in the Rain by Seattle’s own rock star author Garth … Continue reading

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The Celestials

The Celestials by Karen Shepard takes place in the town of North Adams, Massachusetts, in 1870.  It’s the story of Julia and Calvin Sampson —she, a childless woman in her early forties grieving the recent loss of her thirteenth pregnancy, … Continue reading

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Massachusetts!

My Google search for best bookstores in Massachusetts sends me first to an article in Yankee magazine by Suzanne Strempek Shea—yet another author I have never heard of—who has written five novels and three memoirs.  One of those books, called … Continue reading

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The Ice Storm

Right away in Rick Moody’s The Ice Storm, I get a sense of what the author thinks of New Canaan, Connecticut ­— the novel’s setting:  It is “the most congenial and superficially calm of suburbs.  In the wealthiest state in … Continue reading

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Ghosts and Glass Slippers and Drugs — Oh My!

As Alice Hoffman’s novel, Skylight Confessions, opens, Seventeen-year-old Arlyn Singer has just lost her father to a long illness.  With no mother or siblings, Arlyn alone nursed him through his final days and listened to his stories about people he … Continue reading

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Connecticut and R. J. Julia Booksellers

I know Connecticut is beautiful — from the countryside to the shore.  I’ve seen it myself.  My online search for an independent bookstore here pulls me to the shore and specifically to Madison, Connecticut, home of R. J. Julia Booksellers.  … Continue reading

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Reluctant to Leave Georgia

I know this is a book blog.  And yet…  Whenever I mention books set in Georgia, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt, comes up.  I didn’t choose to read that book while passing through Georgia … Continue reading

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Be Careful What You Wish For – Ravens by George Dawes Green

The Boatwright family is in trouble.  Creditor’s send bills to their workplaces, they’re in danger of losing their house to foreclosure, the mom, Patsy, has a drinking problem, the dad, Mitch, is religious, passive and ineffectual and their youngest son, … Continue reading

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Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor

Wise Blood by Flannery O’Conner is a strange book.  In the Author’s Note to the Second Edition, she describes it as a comic novel dealing with matters of life and death, wherein protagonist, Hazel Motes, struggles with his faith in … Continue reading

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