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The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Master and Margarita
by Mikhail Bulgakov
read in January, 2017
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While I cherish my friend who recommended that I read The Master and Margarita, I did not love the book itself. The novel contained too many characters to keep track of, a plot that spiraled into tangent after tangent, and little introspection or emo ...more
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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
"I thought this book was amazing. The characters are explored so deeply, it almost feels like they are people that I have met. And the friendships between the characters were just so beautiful. I found it difficult to read at times, this was defini..." Read more of this review »
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
"Toni Morrison is right, this is required reading."
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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
"This is a letter from an African American father to his son. It's rare that I read something this powerful. Coates is an amazing writer who offers new ideas and much food for thought. It begins with "Son, Last Sunday the host of a popular news sho..." Read more of this review »
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The Unseen World by Liz Moore
The Unseen World
by Liz Moore
read in January, 2017
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A phenomenal book about a young girl's quest to discover her beloved father's secret past, The Unseen World slayed me so hard that I have to give it my first five-star rating for a full-length work of fiction in over a year. The story follows Ada Sib ...more
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Awakening The Luminous Mind by Tenzin Wangyal
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A solid book about guided meditation and its usefulness in everyday life. I really appreciated Tenzin Rinpoche's emphasis on viewing the mind as a place of healing, comfort, and refuge, as opposed to an avenue for constant anxiety and distress. As I ...more
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Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Difficult Women
by Roxane Gay (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2017
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Roxane Gay slays what she needs to slay with this riveting, hard-hitting short story collection about difficult women and the dangerous situations they face. As Gay has discussed in interviews, society often puts women in positions where they must fi ...more
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The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories
by Ken Liu (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2017
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I wanted to love this short story collection, but most of Ken Liu's characters fell flat. These stories contain so much good stuff: fascinating elements of science-fiction and fantasy, themes that include culture and racism and fighting for justice, ...more
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The Hearts of Men by Barbara Ehrenreich
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A wonderful precursor to bell hooks's masterpiece The Will to Change , The Hearts of Men details the shifting and sometimes harmful expectations placed upon men in the twentieth century. Barbara Ehrenreich emphasizes the economic gender roles men wo ...more
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“But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.”
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“Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.”
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