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Linda Hilton

Reader, Writer, Merciless Reviewer and Incurable Romantic

Currently reading

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
Nancy MacLean
Progress: 134/574 pages
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy
Christopher L. Hayes
Progress: 17/304 pages
The Secular Scripture: A Study of the Structure of Romance
Northrop Frye
Progress: 43/200 pages
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Arlie Russell Hochschild
Progress: 96/454 pages
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Ibram X. Kendi
Progress: 22/750 pages
All the President's Men
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Progress: 73/383 pages
Women's Gothic and Romantic Fiction: A Reference Guide (American Popular Culture)
Kay Mussell
Progress: 17/157 pages
The Looking-Glass Portrait
Linda Hilton
Really Neat Rocks: A casual introduction to the rocks & gems of Arizona and the lapidary arts
Linda Hilton
Progress: 61/61 pages
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Jon Krakauer

Reading progress update: I've read 6 out of 387 pages.

Waking the Moon - Elizabeth Hand

The prose is delicious, glorious, fabulously rich . . . . and I remember none of it.


I throw that in only because I do remember starting to read this once upon a time in the very late 1990s.  I remember it because someone told me, "Oh, that's the book she set on the fictional Georgetown campus, but everyone recognized it right away," but I had got far enough into it at that point that I didn't recognize it because I was, and had always been and still am, far too provincial to recognize things like Georgetown.


So there is a lot  of word-dropping, which is like name dropping only it's done with the snooty expectation that if you're really qualified to read this book, you'll know what these words mean,  And if you don't and you have to look them up and then you find out that they're just made up words for fiction that's supposed to impress you, you'll blush and feel foolish, which is what she wanted all along.


Which means that just six pages in I'm loving the prose but I'm having weird feelings of alarm and inadequacy, too, which pulls me out of the story and diminishes my enjoyment of it.