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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Everything I Never Told You
by Celeste Ng (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2015
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A mixed-race family (Chinese-American and white) living in a small Ohio town in the 1970's struggles with everything unspoken between them, and, one day, the middle daughter goes missing. As the title suggests, it's all about the pain and misundersta ...more
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The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
The Custom of the Country
by Edith Wharton
read in November, 2015
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I am baffled as to why I didn't read any Edith Wharton when I was a teenager, but it has been fantastic to get to read her stuff for the first time as an adult. The writing is spectacular, and her insights into class, gender, greed, lust, and status ...more
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Fates and Furies
by Lauren Groff (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2015
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A long marriage told in two parts (husband, wife, in that order). Goes beyond the ol' "there are two sides to every story" trope to delve into some fairly wild twists and turns. I liked the first half better (the narcissistic but well-meaning husband ...more
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2014
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This was good. An inevitably sad book about World War II that cuts between a blind girl in France fleeing from the invasion and a brilliant boy in German who gets enlisted into Hitler Youth and then sent to the front to make the radios works. The boo ...more
Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man by Bill Clegg
"One of the finest memoirs I’ve come across (and I read a heck of a lot of them). To be great, a memoir has to plunk you right in the middle of a set of experiences that might be diametrically opposed to your own and make it all so real that you fe..." Read more of this review »
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The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
The Flamethrowers
by Rachel Kushner
read in October, 2015
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Torn between three and four stars on this one. Astonishingly good prose in service of a story that is occasionally meandering, and a large cast of characters who are sometimes underdeveloped. Cool semi-historical settings like the labor riots in Rome ...more
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The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs
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I have been meaning to write reviews of so many books, but I came on here specifically because I liked this book so much and want to recommend it. The story of a brilliant, hard-scrabble kid from Newark in the 80's who winds up at Yale with a full sc ...more
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