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Hope Mills, Book Reviewer

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Imperfect Pairings

by Hope Mills

Townsend writes lovingly of the Italian world in a love story about questioning of values and ideals. Love, thirty-something Jamie believes, does not give someone claim to her soul. And Jamie, the protagonist of Jackie Townsend’s novel... Read More

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On Sal Mal Lane

by Hope Mills

There are times when you’re on the outskirts—of people, situations, or stories—and you know that to plunge ahead means your heart may get a little broken. But you do it anyway, because the taste of something true is too much to... Read More

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The Polish Boxer

by Hope Mills

“69752. That was his phone number … he had it tattooed there, on his left forearm, so he wouldn’t forget it. That’s what my grandfather told me. And that’s what I grew up believing. In the 1970s, telephone numbers in Guatemala... Read More

Book Review

Grit Lit

by Hope Mills

There are versions of the South that sell glossy magazines. And then there’s the South itself: a little bit grittier, a little less polite. More fighting and less showering, more guzzling and less sipping As editor Tom Franklin... Read More

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Dancing at the Gold Monkey

by Hope Mills

“It didn’t matter to Ray if they were for or against the war. He just couldn’t take listening to someone who hadn’t been there. They didn’t belong to the same fraternity, the one that had taken his youth and made him bitter... Read More

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Pocket Kings

by Hope Mills

Frank W. Dixon, the narrator of Ted Heller’s satirical novel Pocket Kings, is not someone you want to play a lot of poker with. He’s really good at it. He is also not related to the author of The Hardy Boys detective series, though... Read More

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