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Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Empire Falls
by Richard Russo
read in January, 2009
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Another excellent novel from Russo. This one is flawed - the pacing is off, and it sags in places - but it also has some of my favorite passages, ones I read out loud to my wife so we could share them again, even though she'd finished the book before...more
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Straight Man by Richard Russo
Straight Man
by Richard Russo
read in February, 2009
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My favorite Russo book, edging past Empire Falls. Funny, insightful, and a wee bit sad, this gives the best view I've seen of college academia from the faculty point-of-view.
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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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The questions and sub-stories from this book stayed in my thoughts for months. It's funny, perceptive, and translated by Grossman in the same "crackling, colloquial prose" as it had for its time.
Cervantes also uses astoundingly modern devices in the...more
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