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IN THE REALM: 13 Book Suggestions for Halloween

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Each scary in their own way. some thrillers, some nonfiction, some memoirs and a few classics that totally creep me out. I read Stephen King’s Pet Sematary one summer and was afraid of things jumping out of bushes for a long while after finishing it.

fearful symmetry

1. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

pet sematary

2. Pet Sematary by Stephen King

montana

3. Montana by Gwen Florio

biohazard

4. Biohazard by Ken Alibek

lost in the forest

5. Lost in the Forest by Sue Miller

old woman

6. There Was an Old Woman by Hallie Ephron

street lawyer

7. The Street Lawyer by John Grisham

lord of the flies

8. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

drivers seat

9. The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark

black water

10. Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates

stiff

11. Stiff: the curious lives of cadavers by Mary Roach

threats

12. Threats by Amelia Gray

working stiff

13. Working Stiff by Judy Melinek

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book review: Lake Shore Limited

Title: The Lake Shore Limited
Author: Sue Miller
ISBN: 978-0307264213
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (April 6, 2010)
Category: modern fiction
Review source: publisher
Rating: 3.5/5

Her specialty before had always been sunless men. Dark, punishing, punished men. Men full of ambition and bitterness. She had fled Chicago, in fact, from such a man. Oh, certainly, there were professional reasons for the move, too. The job she’s gotten at BU, her feeling that she needed to leave the city she’d always lived in in order for anything big to happen to her, the sense that she was mired in familiar patterns in her work. She was not without ambition herself.

Last year, I absorbed Sue Miller’s The Senator’s Wife, a real page-turner, with rabid admiration and wonder. Her latest book, The Lake Shore Limited, focuses on another public obsession [and rightly so]: 9/11. I’ve read and enjoyed many novels about 9/11: Netherland and The Garden of Last Days among my favorites. Miller takes a curious, evocative approach in The Lake Shore Limited. The focus of the novel is a play about a terrorist attack on a train. Playwright Billy lost her lover, Gus, in 9/11. He was a passenger on one of the planes. Ironically, she had planned to move out and end the relationship. The characters in the novel– Billy, Rafe, the lead actor in the play, and Leslie, Gus’s sister– reflect on the play’s evocation of 9/11 as well as this theatrical catharsis. While not as gripping as I had hoped, Miller’s confident, thoughtful prose shines.

Sue Miller reads from The Lake Shore Limited at Brookline Booksmith tonight, May 19, 2010 at 7 pm.

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