Author Archive: MaryKate Perry

MaryKate Perry lives, writes, and bakes in Olympia, Washington. See her at www.marycakeblog.wordpress.com.

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Population 485

Population 485

Once, at a party, I was chatting with a therapist who told me he recommended Michael Perry’s Truck to several patients (he had also recommended Eat, Pray, Love, because he felt his patients needed to read about someone who knew how to “let it all hang out”).  I was instantly in line with his books-as-medicine approach. […]

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Howdy, Pilgrim

Howdy, Pilgrim

It is not down on any map; true places never are. – Herman Melville Sometimes I read a book with such memorable and delicately honed prose, such surpassing charm, that the less said about it, the better.  These are books where I miss the characters when I close the cover for the last time, and find myself wondering, […]

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Mothering and Daughtering

Mothering and Daughtering

Sil Reynolds teamed up with her daughter, Eliza, to write Mothering and Daughtering: Keeping the Bond Strong Through the Teen Years. I am clinging to this book like it’s the last floating log after a shipwreck. I have only recently developed an interest in adolescence. Before that, I was just trying to forget it ever happened to […]

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Relish
By February 25, 2014 2 Comments Read More →

Relish

I don’t have much history with graphic novels.  My husband has a collection of Marvel comics from the 1970’s, featuring superheroes flanked by large-busted women in metal bras. I avoid the dusty, lurid pile.  I read Babymouse and Diary of a Wimpy Kid because my children were reading them.  I am not completely immune to the charms of Babymouse – […]

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The Power of Small Actions

The Power of Small Actions

Please welcome my guest blogger, Ryan Warner, who lives in Olympia Washington with his wife and son.  He fell in love with discovery and learning at a very young age and is never without a book. As an idealistic young person, I believed (as did many of my peers) that a great wave of revolution […]

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Poser

Poser

Ever since I read Champion Dog, Prince Tom in second grade, I have been besotted with books. I became partial to fiction during the week I spent following the progress of Prince from frisky pup to disciplined show dog, but it’s not just fiction I delight in. I remain in awe of a writer’s ability – in fiction, non-fiction […]

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Flibbertigibbits

Flibbertigibbits

Sidone slowly came onto the stage.  She was wearing a riding outfit and a black, feathered hat.  With an eye patch.  And a riding whip.  Vaisy whispered to me, “That’s what I wear when I am Black Beauty.”  I whispered back, “What, you wear an imaginary eye patch when you are your imaginary horse?”  She […]

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Luck + Pluck = Survival

Luck + Pluck = Survival

Do give books—religious or otherwise—for Christmas.  They are never fattening, seldom sinful and permanently personal.— Lenore Hershey I can’t believe I have not written about this book until now! I am sorry this posting comes too late for you to order a copy for every person on your Christmas list.  The Survivors Club is one […]

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Welcome to Stepford
By December 19, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Welcome to Stepford

Recently, a friend half-jokingly accused me of being a Stepford Wife.  Through my merry gales of laughter, I assured her that if she thinks that about me, she has not read Ira Levin’s chilling 1972 novel. My husband was equally amused, as I bear no resemblance, either in physical proportions or housekeeping zeal, to the women of that eerily […]

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All for the Love of Nick
By November 28, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

All for the Love of Nick

If Nick Hornby would just answer my calls, then I could propose. We both have spouses, but perhaps some accommodation can be made. This man has written three of my favorite novels (High Fidelity, About and Boy and Juliet, Naked) and the screenplay to An Education.  This embarrassment of riches would all be enough for me, BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE. Each month […]

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