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Lisa rated a book 4 of 5 stars
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
We Need New Names
by NoViolet Bulawayo
read in August, 2014
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What a voice! NoViolet captures Darling from child through young adult so compellingly. Her portrayal of both Zimbabwe and economically depressed Detroit feel real, but both are equally foreign to me. Lives in Zimbabwe are intertwined and there is a...more
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Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
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Would benefit from being read in one sitting. Would also benefit from being read more than 1 time. There are so many layers of meaning it's impossible to catch them one time through. I felt like I was riding through a complex, eerie, but very beautif...more
Lisa rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Extraordinary, Ordinary People by Condoleezza Rice
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I've always admired Dr. Rice even if I don't agree with much of her politics. I found the first 2/3 of this book truly interesting. He determination and integrity to go from segregated Birmingham to Stanford are impressive. However, the writing style...more
Lisa rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
The Orphan Master's Son
by Adam Johnson
read in February, 2014
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The line between reality and imagination must be as hard to fathom in the society described in this book as it is for the reader to draw the same when reading. It is engagingly written with the voice fitting the story so well. I'm still thinking abou...more
Lisa rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese
read in January, 2014
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I enjoyed his descriptions of Addis Ababa and the family. His portraits of the people were very compelling. However, I felt the end was a bit abrupt and slightly inexplicable. I would definitely recommend it though and plan to read other books by Ver...more
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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help
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Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
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The Age of Gold by H.W. Brands
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Chronicles by Jean Froissart
Chronicles
by Jean Froissart
read in November, 2013
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I have a weird affinity for tales from the Middle Ages. I loved the Arthurian legend when I was kid and I enjoyed this book, especially towards the end. It is interesting to see world through an author of the time but I suspect this isn't for everyon...more
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