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The Sense of an Ending
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
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
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
Lost Luggage: A Novel
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
All the Light We Cannot See
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
Dancing in Odessa
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
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
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
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
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
Bearing the Body
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
The Light Between Oceans
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...more
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Jul 13, 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Jump Artist
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
The Invisible Bridge
Stunning in story and prose. I could not put it down. Oringer plunges us into the lives of her characters: Hungarian Jews on the brink of the Holocaus...more
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Jul 03, 2011
Swimming Home
This book is drop-dead, devastatingly gorgeous. From the richly-woven, wickedly complex characters and relationships to the luscious, knife-edge prose...more
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Nov 20, 2012
One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir
Each chapter unzips a world at once magical and ordered, resplendent with both beauty and nightmare. Each word releases a liquid glimmer of sight, sou...more
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Jul 03, 2011
A Grave in the Air
A solid 3.5, actually. The last--and title--story was a five. The first story was a good four. As for the rest, there was a sameness to them - in voic...more
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May 18, 2013
The New Black
I found the quality of poems very uneven. Some were to die for: tight, razor blade stanzas that left me without breath, while others seemed merely cle...more
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Sep 09, 2011
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