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The Collapse of Western Civilization by Naomi Oreskes
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The Unthinkable by Amanda Ripley
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We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
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This one was pretty solidly a 3.5 for me, I think. With rounding, four stars. Goodreads, when will you get more granular?

This is a novel built of loosely connected stories, narrated by Darling, a girl growing up first in Zimbabwe and then in Michigan...more
Karen and 5 other people liked Heather's review of We Need New Names:
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
" Oh stars, ratings. Bulawayo' s writing has effectively depicted such a bleak picture in my brain of life in Zimbabwe, life in America, life anywhere, that I am thoroughly depressed and somewhat shamed. This is a writer who charms you with the anti... " Read more of this review »
Karen and 5 other people liked Michael's review of We Need New Names:
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
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"When we were little we used to play in the wind whenever it came. We would run outside to meet it, hands outstretched like wings, bodies balanced on tiptoe and reaching toward the sky."


There is a recurring theme of flying in We Need New Names. T... " Read more of this review »
Karen and 18 other people liked Rick Riordan's review of We Need New Names:
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
" Hard to say what drew me to this book -- the author's name is just awesome. The cover is eye-catching. The reviews have been stellar. Also, I've long been interested in the painful history of Zimbabwe (once British colonial Rhodesia) since I tried... " Read more of this review »
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Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
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I grabbed an ARC of this at ALA Annual 2014 (thanks, Doubleday!) It looked like a light, fun read, and since I've spent most of my career in academe, I can relate to the crazy-making politics of it. I expected to enjoy seeing some fun poked at the mo...more
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When Gravity Fails by George Alec Effinger
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Oh, I have bones to pick with this book.

I grabbed this at random off a library shelf, thinking the premise--basically a hard-boiled noir mystery/thriller cloaked in elements of futuristic sci fi--sounded interesting. I was also interested in the Mus...more
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The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss
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A Coffin for Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
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Joss Whedon
“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.”
Joss Whedon

Michael Chabon
“The problem, if anything, was precisely the opposite. I had too much to write:

too many fine and miserable buildings to construct and streets to name and clock towers to set chiming,

too many characters to raise up from the dirt like flowers whose petals I peeled down to the intricate frail organs within,

too many terrible genetic and fiduciary secrets to dig up and bury and dig up again,

too many divorces to grant,

heirs to disinherit,

trysts to arrange,

letters to misdirect into evil hands,

innocent children to slay with rheumatic fever,

women to leave unfulfilled and hopeless,

men to drive to adultery and theft,

fires to ignite at the hearts of ancient houses. ”
Michael Chabon, Wonder Boys

Michael Cunningham
“One always has a better book in one's mind than one can manage to get onto paper.”
Michael Cunningham

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.”
Randall Jarrell

Oscar Wilde
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

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