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The Living Blood
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Bluets by Maggie Nelson
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Norwood by Charles Portis
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Another comic highlight. Portis is wonderful, inimitable. He can tell a story about nothing like no one else I know. George Saunders has inherited some of this, but Saunders can be a little more brittle and mannered, his characters and situations mor ...more
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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
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Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew  Smith
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Giant killer praying mantises take over the world, starting with Iowa. Interesting for its bisexual sixteen year-old boy protagonist, but not really my cup of tea stylistically. The voice is mannered and stylized, veering off on tangents to connect a ...more
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Maus, I by Art Spiegelman
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A re-read, after reading both volumes in college a lifetime ago. Still amazing, still horrifying.
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Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson
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Weather thriller. It really picks up about 2/3 through, when the storm hits. Good God, that storm was horrible.
One Kick by Chelsea Cain
""You have some anger issues. You know that, right?" says the mysterious John Bishop to Kit 'Kick' Lanigan. This is after she slaps him hard enough to make him see stars. Which is immediately after he saves her from a bomb blast that levels the hou..." Read more of this review »
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The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
"Rigorous, expansive/miniaturist, furious and fiercely hopeful. The kind of book you return to again and again to remind you of things you hope you already know about how to be a person. "
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Randall Jarrell
“A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.”
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“People love a happy ending. So every episode, I will explain once again that I don't like people. And then Mal will shoot someone. Someone we like. And their puppy.”
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Michael Cunningham
“One always has a better book in one's mind than one can manage to get onto paper.”
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Brenda Ueland
“The imagination needs moodling,--long, inefficient happy idling, dawdling and puttering. ”
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