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Jennifer D rated a book 3 of 5 stars
A Beauty by Connie Gault
A Beauty
by Connie Gault
read in January, 2015
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so, i think this book would have been a better read for me under two circumstances:

1) if i was reading this in the summer time: this story is mostly set on the saskatchewan prairies, during summer. it was hot. stinking, sweating hot. the novel is anc
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Jennifer D rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
The Bone Clocks: A Novel
by David Mitchell
read in January, 2015
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2.5-stars, really. but i can't bring myself to roundup to 3-stars (liked it) because, well, it was only okay. sorry! :/

(and please don't come and hate on me, david mitchell fans. i really, really like the man.)

so, here's the thing: david mitchell, t
Jennifer D rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
The Story of a New Name
by Elena Ferrante
read in January, 2015
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dang... this was a great read! i am finding, now that i am two books into the three book series, that ferrante is a very powerful writer. yet she does it in such a simple way. there is such strength in her prose. the grammatical or stylistic peculiar ...more
"the rooster has announced its roster for the 2015 edition of the tournament of books! they have also revealed the judges, and it's a pretty great list of people.

about the books this year -- i am, sadly, fairly lukewarm about them all. at the momen..." Read more of this chapter »
Jennifer D rated a book 4 of 5 stars
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
My Brilliant Friend
by Elena Ferrante
recommended to Jennifer D by: Nathan Whitlock, G&M 27 Sept14
read in January, 2015
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this was an interesting reading experience, and i am wavering between 3- and 4-stars... but i rounded up because i have the feeling this is going to be a book that sits with me for a while, becoming better with distance.

ferrante does a great job evok
Jennifer D rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
The Boston Girl
by Anita Diamant (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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this was just a nice, pleasant read. which may be a strange thing to say. addie (the main character) and her family do, after all, suffer through some terrible personal tragedies and difficulties, and live through some remarkable times (1900 - 1985). ...more
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Jennifer D rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Republic of Imagination by Azar Nafisi
The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books
by Azar Nafisi (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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3.5-stars, really.

i enjoyed this read -- i found nafisi's voice to be great, and her prose is lovely. it's very clear she is a passionate advocate for literature, and believes deeply in the importance and necessity of fiction in our world. i underli
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