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A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit
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Nov 14, 09

Read in November, 2009

I finished this book today, and it jogged my memory to add Zeitoun by Dave Eggers to my books read this year.

Rebecca Solnit is one of my favorite authors, and I have listened to several interviews with her on PBS, including one about this book. I don't think she's a natural optimist, but her thesis here is convincing. Sections IV and V, about 9/11 in New York City and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, are particularly compelling.

What I remember from an earlier radio interview is her saying that writing nonfiction means she can write about things that would be unbelievable if they were not true.Zeitoun

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Reading Progress

11/10/2009 page 69
11/11/2009 page 129
36.54% "Brings to mind Earth Abides: I read it years ago, and recommend it."

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