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The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
"2.5/5 stars

At some point, some authors just start becoming formulaic when it comes to their work. For me, Mitch Albom is one of them. I loved the first book I've ever read by him which was For One More Day. While I've read every other book of his..." Read more of this review »
Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus
"4 Stars, Completed October 4, 2015

Surprisingly, this was an appropriate book to start off the month of October. Unlike what the cover suggests, this book isn't quite a light, contemporary romance. With the heavy rain and serious flooding on the ea..." Read more of this review »
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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
"Simply, this book blew my mind.

I have never felt so passionately about characters before, and Willem and Jude were so well realised that I felt I knew them personally, and deeply understood their thought-processes and actions.

The book is so emotio..." Read more of this review »
Godfather of the Kremlin by Paul Klebnikov
""Communist propaganda had always maintained that making money in a free market was a purely predatory and criminal activity. Soviet schoolchildren had been taught that the United States, as the paragon of capitalism, was controlled by a ruthless,..." Read more of this review »
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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
A Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2015
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I slept with this book after I read it. I kid you not: I held its bulking, hardcover bound 700 pages in my arms as I fell asleep amid a raging storm. I refused to let A Little Life leave me. Its brilliant writing, its broken characters, and its bleak ...more
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A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver
A Thousand Mornings
by Mary Oliver
read in September, 2015
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Slim enough for me to read and review within an hour and a half, A Thousand Mornings will appeal to fans of poetry about nature. Mary Oliver intertwines themes of appreciating the present and her faith in God within her incisive observations about th ...more
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American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
American Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2015
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A graphic novel with a wonderful overarching message about identity and a solid representation of Asian-American characters. In American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang details the story of Jin Wang, the only Chinese-American at his new school. Yang int ...more
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The Mindfulness Solution by Ronald D. Siegel
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A thorough book about mindfulness and its applications to a variety of everyday issues. Ronald Siegel strikes a great balance between explaining core concepts, offering different exercises, and discussing how to apply mindfulness to topics ranging fr ...more
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The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
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Similar to the publication of Go Set a Watchman, the relevance of The Opposite of Loneliness raises a lot of interesting questions. Would this collection have been published if not for Marina Keegan's death? What if she had not attended Yale? How muc ...more
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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2015
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With the recent attacks on Planned Parenthood and the misogynistic comments made by members of the GOP, I could not have read The Handmaid's Tale at a better time. This chilling story takes place in the Republic of Gilead, where women known as handma ...more
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Mary Oliver
“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”
Mary Oliver

“Don't forget who your heroes are, what they mean to you, and why they mean that to you.”
Gale Harold

James Baldwin
“If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him.”
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

Jojo Moyes
“Hey Clark', he said.'Tell me something good'. I stared out of the window at the bright-blue Swiss sky and I told him a story of two people. Two people who shouldn't have met, and who didn't like each other much when they did, but who found they were the only two people in the world who could possibly have understood each other. And I told him of the adventures they had, the places they had gone, and the things I had seen that I had never expected to. I conjured for him electric skies and iridescent seas and evenings full of laughter and silly jokes. I drew a world for him, a world far from a Swiss industrial estate, a world in which he was still somehow the person he had wanted to be. I drew the world he had created for me, full of wonder and possibility.”
Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

Irvin D. Yalom
“Love is not just a passion spark between two people; there is infinite difference between falling in love and standing in love. Rather, love is a way of being, a "giving to," not a 'falling for"; a mode of relating at large, not an act limited to a single person.”
Irvin D. Yalom, Love's Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy

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