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Stoner by John Edward Williams
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Every so often, there are books come along and sneak up on you. This one fits that bill for me. Quite good. Stark and subtle, but thought provoking, reflective, and gripping. In basic, it details the reflective notions and life struggles of an introv...more
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Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
by Charles Frazier
read in July, 2014
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3.5 stars that drug on in the end a bit too long to rate it a 4. Really enjoyed parts of this novel - it's plenty entertaining, features great writing and imagery. In fairness I believe others will no doubt rate up the the chain a little higher.

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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
" "There ain't nobody in the world like book people" and "A place ain't a place without a bookstore." So, I really really liked this book but I'm also a book nerd. I wasn't bred a book nerd but I evolved into one. Yes, I am proud of it. Yes, this bo... " Read more of this review »
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Neil Gaiman
“You're always you, and that don't change, and you're always changing, and there's nothing you can do about it.”
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

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“If I'm sincere today, what does it matter if I regret it tomorrow?”
José Saramago, Blindness

Flannery O'Connor
“Whenever I'm asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one. To be able to recognize a freak, you have to have some conception of the whole man, and in the South the general conception of man is still, in the main, theological. That is a large statement, and it is dangerous to make it, for almost anything you say about Southern belief can be denied in the next breath with equal propriety. But approaching the subject from the standpoint of the writer, I think it is safe to say that while the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted. The Southerner, who isn't convinced of it, is very much afraid that he may have been formed in the image and likeness of God. Ghosts can be very fierce and instructive. They cast strange shadows, particularly in our literature. In any case, it is when the freak can be sensed as a figure for our essential displacement that he attains some depth in literature.”
Flannery O'Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose

Alice Munro
“We say of some things that they can't be forgiven, or that we will never forgive ourselves. But we do-we do it all the time.”
Alice Munro, Dear Life: Stories

Neil Gaiman
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making're Doing Something.”
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