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The Sense of an Ending
3.68
Booker Man Prize? Please! What distinguishes this plotless, flat-charactered novel from the 10,000 other plotless, flat-charactered novels about a man ...more
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Feb 24, 2012
 
The Illusion of Separateness
4.05
I started underlining passages that knocked me over but soon realized I was already prone on the floor and would be underlining the entire book. Truly ...more
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Apr 06, 2013
 
Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death
5.00
A necessary addition to the Literature of the Holocaust. Kulka, a professor of Jewish History, had until writing this collection of memories, kept his ...more
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Jun 21, 2014
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.20
Every once in a while you find that rare jewel of a book that leaves you breathless, at once wanting to begin again as soon as the last word is devour ...more
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Dec 18, 2013
 
Lost Luggage: A Novel
3.33
Jordi Punti's Lost Luggage, translated from the Spanish by Julie Wark, reminds me of those nested Russian dolls; open a layer of the story and inside ...more
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Sep 22, 2013
 
Dancing in Odessa
4.27
Reading this collection of poems is like reading a novella in verse. Like Darwish, he is a poet of exile, and like Darwish his imagery is rich with th ...more
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Dec 26, 2011
 
Austerlitz
4.04
A book of quiet and utter brilliance, deeply and richly layered. Sebald structures this book in layers of narrative like an onion. There is the "I" of ...more
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Aug 04, 2014
 
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
4.14
Sorry, but I don't understand what all the hype is about. It's true. There were some passages of gorgeous writing, but for me, they were overwhelmed b ...more
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May 19, 2014
 
Bearing the Body
3.25
2.5 stars, really. The book had flashes of brilliance in the writing, and the premise of the story-- an estranged brother/son who had become a drug ad ...more
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Dec 06, 2013
 
Tinkers
3.35
I traded a pink sock for this book. I found it on the folding table while doing my laundry in a hotel, and--yes--I stole it. When I returned to my roo ...more
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Feb 21, 2012
 
The Death of Bees
3.79
Probably 2.5. The book has a great prologue: "Today is Christmas Eve. Today is my birthday. Today I am fifteen. Today I buried my parents in the backy ...more
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Mar 16, 2013
 
The Light Between Oceans
3.96
The Light Between the Oceans: A Strong Debut
From the first sentence, M.L. Stedman's The Light Between the Oceans draws the reader into the world of it
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Jul 13, 2012
 
Thrall
4.05
I would have to say that this is among the best collections of poetry I have ever read. I loved NATIVE GUARD, but THRALL is even better.I devoured it ...more
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Sep 06, 2012
 
Astonish Me
3.61
First the good. The writing was sparkly, confident, in places astonishing. The pace was fast moving and interesting enough to keep the reader reading. ...more
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Aug 04, 2014
 
Girlchild
3.51
In GIRLCHILD, Tupelo Hassman manages to shine a tender and loving light light on a family destined to spend their lives in a neighborhood of double wi ...more
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Aug 23, 2012
 
Displaced Persons
3.16
This is a book of quiet importance. I fell in love from the first line and am in love still, the last line resonating in my head. This is a book about ...more
Aug 02, 2012
Jul 13, 2012
 
How to Breathe Underwater
3.94
This is a stunning collection of short fiction. Every story is precisely crafted, Orringer's prose breathtaking and heartbreaking. The title could not ...more
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Feb 21, 2012
 
The Emperor of Lies
3.62
This book blew me away. It takes chutzpah and a whole lot of talent to write a 600+ page book with no real hero/heroine and characters with plenty of ...more
Jul 16, 2013
Jun 16, 2013
 
Fatelessness
4.04
This book is the ultimate example of the unreliable narrator. It is a bone-chilling examination of what happens to the psych ein an environment of ult ...more
Mar 2008
Apr 22, 2008
 
Salvage the Bones
3.78
A beautifully written, intensely brutal look at a family in the days leading up to and during Katrina. The characters were vividly wrought,tremblingly ...more
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Dec 18, 2014
 
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink
4.02
This book made me hungry! Hungry to eat, hungry to read, hungry to write. Kevin Young has put together a wide-ranging, eclectic collection with someth ...more
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Jun 16, 2013
 
Carpetbaggers
3.33
The story of Operation Carpetbaggers is absolutely fascinating. It is a very little known operation of the US Army Air Force in WWII. They were top se ...more
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Jun 16, 2013
 
City of Rivers
3.96
Zubar Ahmed writes poems of location, of dislocation, of love, death and longing. He writes poems of the country of his birth that shimmers in his mem ...more
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Aug 29, 2013
 
The Line
3.65
If you are looking for a fast-paced, read-on-the-treadmill book, this is not the one for you, which is fitting, given the plot. This book spans the ti ...more
Jan 08, 2012
Jul 05, 2011
 
You Know Who You Are
4.80
The poems in You Know Who You Are, Ian William’s debut collection, crackle in the digital space between two cell phones where callers in different tim ...more
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Jul 15, 2010
 
The Lost Wife
4.20
The plot line was great, and characterization good. I felt the writing often crossed the line into melodrama and schmaltz. Chick-lit, I guess. From th ...more
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Mar 16, 2013
 
Dear Life: Stories
3.75
No flashy, silver-bangly writing, no strange creatures swimming in the darkness or talking wolves roaming magical forests, no gratuitous sex or violen ...more
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Mar 16, 2013
 
Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town
3.83
A beautifully written, fast-paced, and uplifting tale (without being Polyanna) about one woman's fight to make a better life in this country not only ...more
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Dec 18, 2014
 
The Jump Artist
3.59
The Jump Artist is a wordplay of shadow and light cast over the fictionalized life of photographer Phillip Halsmann. The prose is spare and gorgeous, ...more
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Aug 21, 2011
 
Black Tickets: Stories
4.06
I love Jayne Anne Phillips. Reading her work is like entering a dream. You forget to breathe. You read sentences over and over for their beauty. With ...more
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Oct 08, 2014
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