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Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
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a bit repetitive, but short and worth reading. my two favorite pearls of wisdom:

1. Among the truths you will do well to contemplate most frequently are these two: first, that things can never touch the soul, but stand inert outside it, so that disqu
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Return to Life by Jim B. Tucker
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He gives the impression of trying a bit too hard to believe. He's constantly offering excuses when his subjects fail to substantiate their connection to previous lives.

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The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Book of Lost Things
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The story was good, but I wish he'd resisted the temptation to tack 120 pages on the end explaining the source material. It was like watching a magic show followed by a long and dull lecture by the magician explaining in detail how he did all his tri ...more
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Switch Bitch by Roald Dahl
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Wow. I'm all for distinguishing between authors and their creepy characters ( The Collector, Lolita) and allowing for the fact that authors are products of their own time and place, but Roald Dahl really created something pretty tasteless here. The ...more
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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
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Creepy cool. Shirley Jackson needs way more respect.
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An unfinished song by Joan Jara
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a biography of chilean folksinger and political activist victor jara, imprisoned and murdered in the days after the pinochet coup. written by victor's wife joan. this tells his/their story and the story of the election, overthrow, and death of chilea ...more
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Doctor Benjamin Franklin's Dream America by Damien Ober
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I can say with confidence that you have never read a book like this one.
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The Blue Bear by Lynn Schooler
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A really good story of a place and a person and a vision that are all powerfully solitary and unique. Something about the relationship between the author and the photographer who was the subject struck me as creepy, though. Reading nonfiction where y ...more
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On Beauty by Zadie Smith
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This starts so strong, but the characters slide into unreality and the latter part of the plot involves some shark jumping. I think the best thing about Zadie Smith is her ability to draw characters, but this set felt like it started solidly human an ...more
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Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
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Small and simple, a fable about the events tied to the birth of Pakistan and independent India. I guess we all know that was a difficult birth, but this communicates the sadness and horror and hope in a way that no journalist or historian could. Sad ...more
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