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Grace Notes

Hi! Grace Harper from Mac's Backs here. Welcome to my blog!

I have been working at Mac's Backs since 2000, and am currently facilitator of Mac's Backs book club. We meet monthly to discuss literary fiction and non-fiction. 

I'll be posting on the first of each month with reviews, previews, commentary, poetry, and links to articles on all things bookish.

Enjoy!

GRACE NOTES - JANUARY 2021

 

Happy New Year! As we drag our weary souls out of the clustercuss that was 2020, there is much to look forward to. A vaccine (yes!), new leadership in the White House (cautious optimism), and, as always, new books. The cold winter months and the seemingly endless pandemic make hunkering down and reading an appealing and safe prospect. 

GRACE NOTES - OCTOBER 2020

Fall is the perfect time to curl up with a great work of historical fiction. This month we look at Maggie O'Farrell's rich new novel -

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

    Hamnet Shakespeare’s sliver of a life ended at age eleven, probably due to bubonic plague. While his name appears on the cover of Maggie O’Farrell’s (I Am I Am I Am) latest novel, the book is really about his mother, Agnes.

GRACE NOTES - JULY 2020

One thing that we hear repeatedly from many customers the past couple of months is that they are having a hard time focusing on reading. Maybe it’s the underlying stress of living in uncertain times, maybe it’s the lack of structure and the ennui inherent in having an entire day yawning in front of you with no social commitments. 

GRACE NOTES - MAY 2020

In these weird days of social distancing, I've been reading a lot of historical fiction. It's a great source of escape, comfort, and perspective to read about how people dealt with and overcame adversity in the past. Here's a great one that came out a couple of months ago - 

Review - The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

GRACE NOTES - APRIL 2020

When I began, way back at the beginning of March, thinking of a theme for this month’s blog post, coronavirus was just some background noise in newsfeeds. Now that we are in nearly full shutdown mode, the world is a different place. We need to come up with new ways of working, of going about the everyday logistics of life, and of relating to those around us from a safe distance. I hope you are all staying safe and healthy. We miss all of our customers and look forward to the day when we can open our doors again and welcome you all in.

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