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Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
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A good idea, but I didn't believe the character too much. Maybe his voice just bugged me, but I had a hard time getting into it.
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Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
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The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
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Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper
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The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
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A great book. It has Gaia connections, a kick butt young female character, interesting and humorous side characters, and an interesting gender bias that gets resolved in the end of the book. I think this is a great book for a gender studies unit with ...more
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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
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Fun read about a high school boy who falls in love for the first time. She is new to town and strange. It kind of reminds me of Stargirl but opposit. No one likes her, but she kind of grows on everyone. She comes from hard poverty, so it is interesti ...more
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Watership Down by Richard Adams
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Classic I always wanted to read. It is an amazing battle book. I never would have thought bunnies could be so mean. But, the awkward language and dream-scape scenes are too distracting to make it a quick fun read. Interesting, but not something I wou ...more
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Zora Neale Hurston
“Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.”
Zora Neale Hurston

David Foster Wallace
“Show me somebody who really knows what irony means and I’ll show you a bullshit artist.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

K.L. Going
“I see it out of the corner of my eye as the man moves his fork toward his mouth. He's talking to the woman and he looks like the same pompous asshole I've been watching for the last hour. Truly. The he moves the fork and a piece of pasta falls off. It hits his lip and smears cheese down his perfect, clefted chin. He tries to act cool, but for a split second, like a flash of light, I see what he's hiding.

Curt looks up with his chin still on the table. He's watching me watch them. "You saw it, didn't you?" he breathes.

I shake my head. "No, I didn't see anything really...." I squint.

the woman puts a small amount of egg on her fork, then lifts it tentatively. She's trying to act beautiful, in control. She moves her body sideways, then opens her mouth....

"See?" curt asks drowsy. "You see it?"

I stare, fascinated. Maybe, after all, I do.

Curt nods in answer to the question I haven't asked.

"Finally," he says. "Do you get it now?"

I nod very slowly. The woman takes another bite, and I don't think about her legs anymore. I just watch for the flash. I don't think I will, but I see it again. One minute she looks confident , perfect, the next I see something else. I cringe.

I try watching the man instead, but that's worse. I realize for the first time that he's trying really hard.”
K.L. Going, Fat Kid Rules the World

John Rogers
“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

[Kung Fu Monkey -- Ephemera, blog post, March 19, 2009]”
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Wally Lamb
“And in taking on the subject of themselves-making themselves vulnerable to the unseen reader-they have exchanged powerlessness for for the power that comes with self-awareness.”
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