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An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
An Untamed State
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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
The Bone Clocks
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Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer
Acceptance (Southern Reach Trilogy, #3)
by Jeff VanderMeer (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2014
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Solid ending. Mystery solved, while remaining mysterious enough not to lose its magic. It has that perfect, Agatha Christie feel: The weird details (the plant! the cell phone! "Where lies the strangling fruit that came from the hand of the sinner I s...more
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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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First, There Was Forever by Juliana Romano
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California by Edan Lepucki
California
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read in August, 2014
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I kind of suspect Sherman Alexie didn't read the WHOLE thing before recommending it on Colbert. The last two-thirds don't really live up to the beginning. It's at its best when it dwells in Frida and Cal's claustrophic, grudge-filled, sporadically af...more
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The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman
The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3)
by Lev Grossman (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2014
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Best of the three. It's amazing what introducing likeable main characters will do for a series.

He seems to have crammed in every fantastical Narnia/Harry Potter-esque detail he's ever thought of before the series ended, which was a great move and jus...more
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
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The Problem with Work by Kathi Weeks
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Ursula K. Le Guin
“A man wants his virility regarded. A woman wants her femininity appreciated, however indirect and subtle the indications of regard and appreciation. [Here] one is respected and judged only as a human being. It is an appalling experience.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Ursula K. Le Guin
“How does one hate a country, or love one? Tibe talks about it; I lack the trick of it. I know people, I know towns, farms, hills and rivers and rocks, I know how the sun at sunset in autumn falls on the side of a certain plowland in the hills; but what is the sense of giving a boundary to all that, of giving it a name and ceasing to love where the name ceases to apply? What is love of one's country; is it hate of one's uncountry? Then it's not a good thing. Is it simply self-love? That's a good thing, but one mustn't make a virtue of it, or a profession... Insofar as I love life, I love the hills of the Domain of Estre, but that sort of love does not have a boundary-line of hate. And beyond that, I am ignorant, I hope.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Chris Ware
“There is absolutely no single aspect of one’s personality that is more important to develop than empathy, which is not a skill at which men typically are asked to excel. I believe empathy is not only the core of art, literature and music, but should also be at the core of society, from ethics to economics." (Chris Ware in an interview, http://bit.ly/empathyware)”
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Ursula K. Le Guin
“A child free from the guilt of ownership and the burden of economic competition will grow up with the will to do what needs doing and the capacity for joy in doing it. It is useless work that darkens the heart. The delight of the nursing mother, of the scholar, of the successful hunter, of the good cook, of the skilful maker, of anyone doing needed work and doing it well, - this durable joy is perhaps the deepest source of human affection and of sociality as a whole.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed

Jenny Hollowell
“Over the course of your life you are actually hundreds of different people. You are a different person at the coffee shop than you are at the bar, and a different person for the dry cleaner than you are for your boyfriend, and a different person at work than you are on vacation. You are nobody in particular. But once somebody finds you and loves you, you have to keep being the person that they love. You want thier love. You need to keep getting it even if it means pretending...but no one loved her and so she could keep changing.”
Jenny Hollowell, Everything Lovely, Effortless, Safe

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