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Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
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Sep 21, 2012

really liked it
Read in September, 2012

I admit, I was immediately drawn to this book based on the review in the NY Times, but the contrarian in me didn't want to like it. Fat chance. I just loved this book. I like that part of Oakland, and the book really helped evoke it for me. Wonderful set of characters that I really enjoyed. No idea if it would have any resonance to someone black, but it really resonated with this white Jewish woman. The foibles of a whole segment of the cohort I know and am part of are portrayed in a wry, aware not uncritical and amusing but not mean way. Chabon really likes his characters, even the least of them. A small thing I know, but I really liked the fact that various characters responded to the way people they interacted with smelled as simply one of a number of characteristics noted. I particularly appreciated the descriptions of the way in which 14 year olds interact with the world and each other. A wonderful, enjoyable, chewy, comforting and amusing read.
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