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  1. KMTBERRY
    KMTBERRY December 31, 2010 at 3:40 pm |

    I never thought that Mary being a LIBRARIAN with GLASSES was really dystopian, or chilling; rather, it was a sop to their TWOO LUV, because, in the absence of George, she chose to not marry at ALL. Most men, I think, would LIKE to think that, in their absence, their wife would have remained single, rather than settling for some other guy. I think most guys would PREFER (Okay, most guys in 1945) that if they had never been born, their wife would just stay a virgin until death.

  2. ellid
    ellid January 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm |

    Cheap watches in different colors and styles can be found in stores from Macy’s on down to Target. Owning several and coordinating them with one’s outfit is no more a sign of privilege than owning more than one purse or more than one pair of shoes, or at least it was when I was growing up in a very ordinary, not particularly liberal, middle class part of Pennsylvania.

  3. Fat Grad
    Fat Grad January 1, 2011 at 6:19 pm |

    Oh, that is my favorite part in that entire movie! Every time I see it I laugh until I cry. I think the best part is that – wasn’t there another guy who was interested in her in the real life? So what happened to him? He just disappears? That is the most anti-woman ultimate horror imaginable. So hilarious! Every time I argue with my partner or my kids get on my nerves by doing something crazy I think to myself – oh, but it could be much, much worse. I could be a librarian! With glasses! And my hair in a bun! Thank God my life is not that terrible! Ha! Anyway, thanks for the great book reviews. :)

  4. Marie
    Marie January 1, 2011 at 7:20 pm |

    Thanks for the book recos! Here are my top reads of 2010:

    http://mariesbookgarden.blogspot.com/2010/12/best-books-of-2010.html

    I’m always looking for new ones to read to my “to read” pile!

  5. Dawn.
    Dawn. January 6, 2011 at 11:43 pm |

    Great reviews, Julie. I appreciate that you didn’t shy away from criticisms. They all sound like intriguing reads. I’ve been meaning to read Lorrie Moore for some time now. I think I’ll start with one of her short story collections before diving into A Gate at the Stairs.

    Here are a couple indie press books that I’m absolutely loving right now, if you find the time:
    What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us by Laura van den Berg
    Cut Through the Bone by Ethel Rohan

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