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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
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One of the most impressive (and enjoyable) books I've read this year, if not in many years.
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Tomboy by Liz Prince
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir
by Liz Prince (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2014
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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2014
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wow.
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The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang
The Shadow Hero
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West of the Moon by Margi Preus
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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
We Were Liars
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The Spark and the Drive by Wayne  Harrison
The Spark and the Drive
by Wayne Harrison (Goodreads Author)
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HARRISON, Wayne. The Spark and the Drive. 272p. St. Martin’s. Jul. 2014. Tr. $25.99. ISBN 9781250041241. LC 2014000133.

In his fantastic debut novel, Harrison finds surprising resonances between his main plot of a fiery love triangle and an
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A Little Lumpen Novelita by Roberto Bolaño
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BOLAÑO, Roberto. A Little Lumpen Novelita. 128p. New Directions. tr. from Spanish by Natasha Wimmer. Sept. 2014. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9780811223355.

Originally published in Spanish the year before Bolaño’s death, this perfectly titled “novelita”
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Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer
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VANDERMEER, Jeff. Acceptance. 341p. (Southern Reach: Bk. 3). Farrar. Sept. 2014. pap. $15. ISBN 9780374104115. LC 2014016962.

VanderMeer takes readers for one last trip into Area X in this stunning conclusion to his chilling sci-fi trilogy.
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Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
Wolf in White Van
by John Darnielle
read in November, 2014
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Certainly one of the best books I've read this year.

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DARNIELLE, John. Wolf in White Van. 207p. Farrar. Sept. 2014. Tr $24. ISBN 9781250048004. LC 2014015427.

Darnielle’s preposterously assured debut novel winds its plot around two tragic inc
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John Lennon
“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”
John Lennon

“One concept the non-old have trouble getting their minds around is the difference between taste and judgment. It's fine not to like almost anything, except maybe Al Green. That's taste, yours to do with as you please, critical deployment included. By comparison, judgment requires serious psychological calisthenics. But the fact that objectivity only comes naturally in math doesn't mean it can't be approximated in art.

Robert Christgau

Janet Frame
“But it is imperative, for our own survival, that we avoiid one another, and what more successful means of avoidance are there than words? Language will keep us safe from human onslaught, will express for us our regret at being unable to supply groceries or love or peace.”
Janet Frame

Laurence Sterne
“I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me; had they duly considered how much depended upon what they were then doing; that not only the production of a rational Being was concerned in it, but that possibly the happy formation and temperature of his body, perhaps his genius and the very cast of his mind;�and, for aught they knew to the contrary, even the fortunes of his whole house might take their turn from the humours and dispositions which were then uppermost: Had they duly weighed and considered all this, and proceeded accordingly, I am verily persuaded I should have made a quite different figure in the world, from that, in which the reader is likely to see me.”
Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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