Books: Wide-Bodies On the Runway

Coupling adverbs and -- surprise! -- some good writing

Your connecting flight has been delayed another three hours, and you feel as if you are getting a lavender tan from the lighting. You are buzzed on cardboard coffee and too woozy from an airborne snackoid served on your incoming flight to risk alcohol. But do you despair? Of course you do. Do you give up? Certainly, by reaching into your flight bag and withdrawing one of this season's airport novels. You know the kind. Literary wide-bodies with plenty of plot that allow you to leave the real world in the first half paragraph and stay away through several flight-delay announcements....

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