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Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer
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The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
"Charming--probably my favorite Jennifer Holm so far. It's a nice mix of funny and thought-provoking. The separate relationships the grandfather has with the mother, the granddaughter, and the granddaughter's friend are all genuine and unique and a..." Read more of this review »
Mark Flowers rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg
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This is mostly just an extended Buzzfeed article or facebook meme, but it's a highly literate, highly amusing one. Recommended for well-read readers looking to kill an hour or so.
"I tried to be as objective as I could with my reading, but I'm an unabashed Marshmallow, so take that into consideration! "
Mark Flowers rated a book 3 of 5 stars
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
by Gayle Forman (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2009
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What Is Relativity? by Jeffrey Bennett
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A couple years ago, when I reviewed Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Space Chronicles, Angela mentioned that Tyson had been picked to host a sequel to Carl Sagan’s famous “Cosmos” miniseries. That sequel, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” is now being aired to grea...more
Mark Flowers rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
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VANDERMEER, Jeff. Authority. 341p. (The Southern Reach Trilogy). Farrar. May 2014. Tr $15. ISBN 9780374104108. LC 2013041337.

This second title in the trilogy avoids all of the usual pitfalls of the...more
Mark Flowers rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Fever by Megan Abbott
The Fever
by Megan Abbott (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2014
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Not sure--this might have been amazing, or maybe un-amazing. I'm having a hard time deciding.

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* ABBOTT, Megan. The Fever. 240p. Little, Brown. June 2014. Tr $26. ISBN 9780316231053.

Abbott’s provocative new novel masterfull...more
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A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip by Kevin Brockmeier
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*BROCKMEIER, Kevin. A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of the Seventh Grade. 208p. Pantheon. Apr. 2014. Tr $24. ISBN 9780307908988. LC 22013031895.

In this masterful memoir,...more
Mark Flowers rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
Alias Hook
by Lisa Jensen (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2014
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For such a big fan of fairy tales, you would think that I’d have a healthy appreciation for one of the 20th Century’s preeminent fairy tale creations, J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. But in truth, I’ve ne...more
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“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

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

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

John Lennon
“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”
John Lennon

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

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