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Anna King

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Considering Those Lobsters, and Getting Hungry Like Hemingway

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 3:36 PM

On the dust jacket of Gabrielle Hamilton's Blood Bones & Butter, one critic likens the book to Mary Karr's Liar's Club and André Aciman's excellent Out of Egypt. A good book can often remind you of others, and BB&B is no exception. As I read, I too thought...

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Drinking Rakija In The Tiger's Wife and Los Angeles

(4) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 10:10 AM

In my last blog about The Tiger's Wife, I mentioned the prevalence of rakija drinking in Obreht's novel, and my subsequent plan to track some down to sip along with my reading.

It didn't take long to find. When I asked my Albanian friend, Ina, where I...

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'The Tiger's Wife': Cancer, War and Booze

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2012 | 1:46 PM

In a novel set in an unnamed, war-ravaged Balkan country where the souls of the dead linger on earth for 40 days to "rummage through drawers and peer inside cupboards," there's going to be much that's strange, exotic and foreign. That's half the beauty of a book like The Tiger's...

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