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Salvatore rated a book 3 of 5 stars
On the Move by Oliver Sacks
On the Move: A Life
by Oliver Sacks (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2015
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Who knew that Oliver Sacks - a teddy bear and grand storyteller of science - was a motorcyclist?! His stories here enchant as he describes who he is and how his investigations into the mind and body, his projects that we all know him by, came about - ...more
Salvatore rated a book 2 of 5 stars
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
A Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2015
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Think of a Dickensian urchin's nightmare (how about something Smike from Nicholas Nickleby would be absolutely terrified of?). Then make it worse. Much much much worse. That's what you have here.

The melodrama and the unrelenting narrative created by
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Salvatore rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
The Tale of Genji
by Murasaki Shikibu
read in April, 2015
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So...uh...that was long.
Salvatore rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Wide Sargasso Sea
by Jean Rhys
read in April, 2015
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Rhys reimagines the life of the 'madwoman in the attic' of Jane Eyre, but that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to it. Antoinette is a woman caught in the middle of a revolving world on which she has no control. She's born into a slave-own ...more
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The Lost Child by Caryl Phillips
The Lost Child
by Caryl Phillips
read in April, 2015
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A polyphonic narrative that shows the rearing and destruction of children of all kinds - and how racist thoughts ever so subtly (perhaps more subtly here than in any other novel I've read) permeate actions and tear down relationships.

On the periphery
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Salvatore rated a book 3 of 5 stars
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
God Help the Child
by Toni Morrison
read in April, 2015
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Much more interesting the second time around, when I wasn't blinded by the lack of narrative surprises and the strange ending. Child rearing is tough, Morrison makes no bones about that. But here she slowly shows how racist thoughts (even within the ...more
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Kangaroo Notebook by Kōbō Abe
Kangaroo Notebook
by Kōbō Abe
read in April, 2015
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By far, one of the strangest books I've ever read. Our narrator wakes up one day to find radish sprouts growing on his legs. And so begins a decent into a Dante-like hell, where dreams and mythology and horrors come to life as the narrator is trying ...more
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Smash Cut by Brad Gooch
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This is Gooch's elegy to his lost love, but also his paean to 'the golden age of promiscuity', to borrow the title from one of his novels. He's attempting what Patti Smith did in her Just Kids (and of course Gooch knew her and Robert Mapplethorpe and ...more
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The Calendar of Loss by Dagmawi Woubshet
The Calendar of Loss
by Dagmawi Woubshet
read in April, 2015
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Interesting essays on mourning and elegy, mining writers and artists alike (mainly from margins of society, as AIDS is wont to do). Most fascinating to me was a project in Ethiopia that gathers children's letters, orphans as their parents died of AID ...more
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If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
If Beale Street Could Talk
by James Baldwin
read in April, 2015
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Still relevant to the conversations we're having today about wrongful incarceration due to racial prejudice. The story of a teenage woman who is pregnant who goes to visit her lover in prison, a man who is slowly being eaten away by his situation. It ...more
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