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The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
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There are memorable characters in this novel, but none more memorable than the neighborhood in Naples that formed their childhoods, a place where few were educated beyond elementary school, and men beat women to keep them in line, and parents beat ch ...more
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A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel
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We live in an age when most people have to control their own retirement destiny by making decisions about 401(k), 403(b), and IRAs. Even people with the most modest incomes are encouraged to confront that reality.

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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
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This is the story of Lila and Elena (the narrator) growing up in post-war Naples. It is not surprising that the two become good friends, because they are smart, and smart little girls often find each other. But as girls, they are also shaped by the m ...more
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Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich
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Secondhand Time is an oral history of the past twenty-five years in Russia, the post-Soviet era of both promise and failure. Svetlana Alexievich, the 2015 Nobel laureate in literature, is a journalist who has documented those years with what must hav ...more
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Stop-Time by Frank Conroy
Stop-Time
by Frank Conroy
read in June, 2016
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My library copy of this almost fifty-year-old book has been taped together, and the pages are pliable from many turnings. The blurbs on the back of the old Penguin paperback call Stop-Time an “American autobiography,” a phrase which gave me pause. Wh ...more
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The Revolving Door of Life by Alexander McCall Smith
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This is the tenth book in the 44 Scotland Street series, and as a fan of the series, I welcome the opportunity to escape for a few hours into the Edinburgh neighborhood filled with charming and eccentric characters. There’s also the delicious opportu ...more
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Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
Train Dreams
by Denis Johnson
read in June, 2016
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This brief novella, by turns severe and lyrical, is best read, slowly, in one or two sittings. Robert Grainier, an uneducated man, lived in obscurity, felled the forests of the Northwest, and built railroad trestles. He lost his wife and child in a f ...more
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