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Middlemarch
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"One good development... and this goverment election is a real slog amongst the more interesting character-based storylines." Aug 18, 2014 08:23AM

 
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"This is DENSE... I'm going to cut back on the journal-reading on my commutes since my wrists cannot take the weight! You think I'm kidding..." Mar 21, 2013 06:35AM

 

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Jessica is on page 76 of 336 of Wild: Really loving this. There's a real emotional impact with the way Strayed writes.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
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Jessica is 70% done with Middlemarch: One good development... and this goverment election is a real slog amongst the more interesting character-based storylines.
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Another Country by James Baldwin
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"Shari wrote: "I really appreciated reading your review. You are right about the unique Nora voice--which is very creepy. I felt, as it seemed you did...more "
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The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
The Woman Upstairs
by Claire Messud
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Definitely not a novel for everyone; it's not even a very enjoyable novel. There's no joy, but what a voice. In the first pages the seething and angry attitude of Nora made me smile in its vicious rendering. The story of a woman who considers herself...more
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Friendship by Emily Gould
Friendship
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In the past few years I've noticed a bit of a trend with authors who set their novels in a time period where cell phones, computers, the internet, and most especially social media does not exist. I understand that perhaps it's difficult to write in a...more
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Friendship by Emily Gould
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Joan Didion
“She hoped that although he could not hear her she could somehow imprint her ordinary love upon his memory through all eternity, hoped he would rise thinking of her, we were each other, we were each other, not that it mattered much in the long run but what else mattered as much.
Joan Didion, Run River

Cristina Henriquez
“But I worry what it would be like after all this time. We thought it was unrecognizable when we left, but I have a feeling it would be more unrecognizable now. Sometimes I think I would rather just remember it in my head, all those streets and places I loved. The way it smelled of car exhaust and sweet fruit. The thickness of the heat. The sound of dogs barking in alleyways. That’s the Panamá I want to hold on to. Because a place can do many things against you, and if it’s your home or if it was your home at one time, you still love it. That’s how it works.”
Cristina Henriquez, The Book of Unknown Americans

Cristina Henriquez
“English was such a dense, tight language. So many hard letters, like miniature walls. Not open with vowels the way Spanish was. Our throats open, our mouths open, our hearts open. In English, the sounds were closed. They thudded to the floor. And yet, there was something magnificent about it. Profesora Shields explained that in English there was no usted, no tu. There was only one word—you. It applied to all people. No one more distant or more familiar. You. They. Me. I. Us. We. There were no words that changed from feminine to masculine and back again depending on the speaker. A person was from New York. Not a woman from New York, not a man from New York. Simply a person.”
Cristina Henriquez, The Book of Unknown Americans

Cristina Henriquez
“It's in you,' my dad assured me once. 'You were born in Panamá. It's in your bones.'

I spent a lot of time trying to find it in me, but usually I couldn’t. I felt more American than anything, but even that was up for debate according to the kids at school who’d taunted me over the years, asking me if I was related to Noriega, telling me to go back through the canal. The truth was that I didn’t know which I was. I wasn’t allowed to claim the thing I felt and I didn’t feel the thing I was supposed to claim.”
Cristina Henriquez, The Book of Unknown Americans

Cristina Henriquez
“Sleep was like wealth, elusive and for other people.”
Cristina Henriquez, The Book of Unknown Americans

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