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Entries by Dave Astor from 11/2011

Hooray for Historical Fiction!

| Posted 11.03.2011 | Books

Historical fiction can humanize real-life people -- moving them from cardboard cutouts to flesh-and-blood protagonists who seem as three-dimensional as the made-up characters with whom they interact.

Cats and Dogs in Books!

| Posted 11.17.2011 | Books

Dogs and cats bring warmth to books, and their relationships with the books' human characters help flesh out the personalities of both the bipeds and quadrupeds.

Giving Thanks for Putting Away Childish Literary Things

| Posted 11.25.2011 | Books

As I write this on Thanksgiving weekend, I give thanks to the books that turn adolescent readers into adult readers. For me, it was one 19th-century novel by a woman, and one 20th-century novel by a man.