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The Best Possible Version of Yourself

The Hypothetical Girl: Stories by Elizabeth Cohen Other Press, 2012 A woman begins vanishing. When she goes to a therapist, the therapist suggests that her disappearance is based on a man she met online. “‘You are not an actual girl,’ he wrote. ‘You are hypothetical.’” And to this, the woman has to agree. Somewhere along

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December 16, 2013

The Universal Luxury of Not Having to Cook for Yourself

Forget Thanksgiving. I decided to theme November “Food Month” based on my discovery of a book called Grand Forks—a collection of restaurant reviews by the prolific Marilyn Hagerty, whose food column “Eatbeat” has been a staple in local paper The Grand Forks Herald since the mid-1980s. Hagerty gained some notoriety in 2012 for an Olive Garden

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November 18, 2013

A Mutual Vying Toward Understanding

The poet Sharon Olds once exclaimed, “we are blessed by our obsessions!” Chord Box by Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers is a product of this blessing. It artfully weaves several select but disparate themes that seem to obsess the poet, the most prominent of which are music and language, and the resulting tapestry serves as a road

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October 28, 2013

Early into my twelve-step alcohol recovery process, I picked up Rosie Schaap’s Drinking with Men, thinking it’d be a memoir about alcoholism, one of a series I’d read since drying up 34 days earlier. However, this debut book is a celebration of bars. Schaap, who writes the “Drink” column in the New York Times Magazine, hopes readers

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September 9, 2013

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