Author Archives: gcaroddo

About gcaroddo

Writer, technologist and project manager currently working as a fundraiser for a public school in Brooklyn, New York.

Loser. Oops, loner.

Teddy Wayne, you sure do know how to master creepy. Is Loner a gothic, this novel about a lonely Harvard boy from New Jersey who becomes obsessed with an immeasurably more sophisticated fellow student? Which descends into a tale of stalking … Continue reading

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Jonathan Evison

Jonathan Evison’s wonderful novels are all set in Washington State. I’ve previously read The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving (see his Amazon author page for the story behind the story; it’s terribly sad.) I’m now reading This is Your Life, Harriet Chance, a character … Continue reading

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The take from a recent book sale at the Park Slope branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Maybe I’ve read the Jhumpa Lahiri or parts of it already. Been known to happen. After having a love-hate relationship with Augusten Burroughs’ books (“This is … Continue reading

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I say “Middlestein-ing” because my husband’s family has certain highly neurotic behaviors that the younger generation have made into a verb, as in “They were …..-ing out so bad!” Try this with any family name. It works because every family … Continue reading

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The Animators

This is a pretty ambitious book (also the author’s first novel). Maybe that’s why it took me so long to finish it–around three weeks or so; slow for me. It’s about friendship, it’s about art and the sufferings/decisions/sacrifices that come … Continue reading

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Tyranny. Resisting it.

Am really looking forward to reading  “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” by Timothy Snyder. A friend recommended this pocket-sized book, which I’m hoping will save my life. The American civilian part of my life, which is in … Continue reading

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Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys

This memoir by Viv Albertine was like a bag of potato chips. Eat some, they’re pretty tasty, right? Then go back for more, skip ahead to those crunchy ones you really like while you pass by the not-so-crunchy ones. Not … Continue reading

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