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Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
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This book follows a few years in the lives of a handful of people living in a slum outside the airport in Mumbai. Their daily lives are more challenging than anything I've ever faced, the conditions they live in are deplorable. What angers me the mos ...more
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In Search of the Old Ones by David  Roberts
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Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers
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Trespass by Amy Irvine
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A Train to Potevka by Mike Ramsdell
A Train to Potevka
by Mike Ramsdell
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Gave in to my love of all Russian stories and read this one based on true events of a Utahn on a government espionage mission years ago. The story was good and the insight into the lives of Russians at the time was fascinating, but the writing wasn't ...more
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Alligator Candy by David Kushner
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Heartbreaking but a beautiful tribute to the strength of community and how we can overcome grief or learn to deal with it with the help of others and the importance of sharing it.
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A Short Stay in Hell by Steven L. Peck
A Short Stay in Hell
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2666, Part 5 by Roberto Bolaño
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This part was the only part I really enjoyed, about a German writer and WWII, but it was fascinating and it almost made up for the first four parts of the book which including 300 pages about the killings of women in Mexico.
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2666, Part 4 by Roberto Bolaño
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2666, Part 3 by Roberto Bolaño
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Michael Ondaatje
“I have spent weeks in the desert, forgetting to look at the moon, he says, as a married man may spend days never looking into the face of his wife. These are not sins of omission but signs of pre-occuopation.”
Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

Karen Blixen
“The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the salt sea.”
Karen Blixen

Michael Ondaatje
“We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves.

I wish for all this to be marked on by body when I am dead. I believe in such cartography - to be marked by nature, not just to label ourselves on a map like the names of rich men and women on buildings. We are communal histories, communal books. We are not owned or monogamous in our taste or experience.”
Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

Kahlil Gibran
“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair”
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

David Livingstone
“If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don't want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.”
David Livingstone
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