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The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
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Euphoria by Lily King
Euphoria
by Lily King (Goodreads Author)
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I've read maybe a quarter of the book so far. For me, it's much more a tale of anthropologists and the development of anthropology, with little asides about how much we are all alike in our tribalism, than it is a story of a tragic/dramatic love tria ...more
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The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
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(almost 5 stars, just not quite) Erdrich does such a good job making the characters she depicts and the lives they inhabit feel real, alive. Immigrant Germans in South Dakota, a hard scrabble life, a main character who’s part Ojibwe. For much of the ...more
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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman (Goodreads Author)
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Or maybe 4.5. Toibin's Nora Webster is also about grieving for a dead spouse, also about a feisty and out of the ordinary person. I've heard Irish-heritage people talk about how very successfully Toibin creates Irish characters ("just like my grandmo ...more
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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman (Goodreads Author)
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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Or something less than 4. I liked the first two-three hundred pages a lot, thought Doerr a good story teller, also enjoyed thinking about how he was doing what he was doing as well as what he was doing, e.g. the multiple meanings of "light we cannot ...more
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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
recommended to Audra by: Griffin Bay book group
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Really 4.5. Goodreads' summary of the plot is good, but it's a shame Ifemelu's American blogs weren't mentioned, e.g. "Understanding America for the Non-American Black: What Hispanic Means." e.g. "To My Fellow Non-American Blacks: in America, You're ...more
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Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
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Awfully close to 5 stars. Any "history of everything" will get criticized for some of its necessarily sweeping generalizations, but that's part of the fun while reading, especially when the generalizations are as intriguing and thought-provoking as t ...more
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American Nations by Colin Woodard
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Such a good book! I'm now taking notes on it, to get the info deeper into memory. On the one hand, it feels totally familiar, reminds me of school history texts and current news discussions; on the other hand, there's a tremendous amount of info and ...more
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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
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A better than average "ferry read". In fact, I'm very glad I read it, would recommend it. Zevin calls it "breezy and lighthearted" which I found strange. True, it isn't ponderous or pessimistic, but it feels very real, appropriately serious, well con ...more
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