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Amanda rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Notes from No Man's Land by Eula Biss
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What a fantastic, compelling, and uncomfortable book. Biss confronts race in America in a direct and yet indirect way, working race into her own personal history and yet only sharing bits of that history with us, due to her focus on race. It's an int ...more
Amanda rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Salvage the Bones
by Jesmyn Ward (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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I feel like Katrina has spawned its own set of great literature. In thinking of Katrina narratives, this one was poetic and more than metaphorical, if that's possible. Ward was pretty up-front about this: "I will tie the glass and stone with string, ...more
Amanda rated a book 3 of 5 stars
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce, #7)
by Alan Bradley (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2015
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I'm still not sure how I felt about taking Flavia out of her element, and I'm still not sure I'm comfortable with the direction the series seems to be taking. BUT Flavia is still Flavia, both incredibly precocious and aware, and also incredibly young ...more
Amanda rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare
read in June, 2015
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Haven't read this one in awhile, but found it delightful as ever. Bloom comments that this play is "full of zanies," and he is right. Even though everyone and everything is upended from their normal, rightful places amid the pageantry and revelry of ...more
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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Buried Giant
by Kazuo Ishiguro
read in May, 2015
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I've shelved this as fantasy, but it is allegorical high fantasy a la Old English warrior stories, coupled with deep philosophical musing on the nature of memory -- memory as it functions within a person, within a relationship, and within a community ...more
Amanda rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)
by Victoria Aveyard (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2015
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Perhaps I am just tired of dystopias, but more likely perhaps I am just a fan of X-Men. Reasonably well written, with a strong female protagonist and some excellent supporting characters, but I could see the twist for a mile and I was more than a lit ...more
Amanda rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue by Quiara Alegría Hudes
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First play of a trilogy, and I can see why it was on that list for the Pulitzer. Hudes' play is honest and accessible, but also so incredibly well structured and metaphorical, so incredibly simple and yet dwelling in layer upon layer of thought. The ...more
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Beautiful Souls by Eyal Press
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Excellently researched, thoughtfully written, and deep. Man, it was deep. Press managed to carefully and honestly delve into the paradox that lives within the reality of resisting authority and following one's conscience when, all around you, others ...more
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Memorial by Alice Oswald
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Henry V by William Shakespeare
Henry V
by William Shakespeare
read in April, 2015
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Stirring. I kept thinking about the fact that Olivier staged sections of this on the radio during WW2 (the Blitz, even?). I kept loving that Shakespeare had examples of soldiers from every region possible, all fighting and interacting together, misun ...more
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