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Cleopatra's Nose by Judith Thurman
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Mar 11, 09

bookshelves: essays, nonfiction
Read in December, 2008

I'm pretty much addicted to any collection of essays culled from the New Yorker, and Thurman doesn't disappoint. Her topics are wide-ranging and always grounded despite their beautiful prose. I pick this one off the shelf when I'm between books, open to a random essay, and often find something illuminating. Especially great is the opening essay on performance art and eating disorders.
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