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Frank by Barney Frank
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Oh, Barney. I have no objectivity when it comes to him; his particular brand of snarky give-no-fucks pragmatism is like catnip to me. Certainly Barney's got his flaws, and they're on display in this memoir--he can come across as dismissive and condes ...more
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Dumplin' by Julie   Murphy
Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)
by Julie Murphy (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2016
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There were some really good parts to this book that I liked a lot. I loved Willowdean's relationship to her aunt and to her mother, and of course I love any YA book that deals genuinely with issues of self-esteem and body image. The Southern beauty p ...more
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Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
by Carol Rifka Brunt (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2016
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This was an interesting enough book: the plot moved along nicely; the characters were unique, believable, and well-rendered; and the writing was solid. The story did occasionally veer into pretentious territory, and I thought the whole strange "I'm i ...more
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Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera
Island of a Thousand Mirrors
by Nayomi Munaweera (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2016
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Really a lovely little book (inasmuch as you can call a book about a brutal and complex civil war "lovely"). The writing is exquisite, the plot is wrenching without crossing into sentimental melodrama, and the characters are nuanced and believable. I ...more
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Blackout by Sarah Hepola
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3.5 stars.

I don't think Sarah Hepola and I would get along if we knew each other back in the days when she drank. She sounds like a bit of an obnoxious drunk, and she had that I'm-not-like-other-girls need for validation from men that I've never had
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Redeployment by Phil Klay
Redeployment
by Phil Klay
read in February, 2016
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2.5 stars. And I think I'm being too hard on this book. It was actually pretty good for what it was: a War Book. And that's my real problem with it. It was a War Book, and it hits the same old tropes and profundities of every other War Book, and it w ...more
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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2016
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3.5 stars, but I had an awfully fun time reading this one, so I'll round up. Spoilers ahead.

Lots of people comparing this one to Gone Girl; it certainly reminded me of a Gillian Flynn book in that none of the characters are sympathetic or likable. If
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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2016
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Some lovely writing, but the stale tropey characters really ruined it for me. It almost felt a little sexist to me at points. Tom was this brave, stoic, capable man rendered vulnerable by the war and his own survivor's guilt. His only flaw? Isabel. W ...more
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Girl at War by Sara Nović
Girl at War
by Sara Nović (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2016
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3.5 stars. I found this book really engaging - I finished it in just about two and a half days. I knew enough about the breakup of Yugoslavia from my nationalism seminar in school that I didn't have any trouble understanding the political context of ...more
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Phil Klay
“Sin is a lonely thing, a worm wrapped around the soul, shielding it from love, from joy, from communion with fellow men and with God. The sense that I am alone, that none can hear me, none can understand, that no one answers my cries, it is a sickness over which, to borrow from Bernanos, “the vast tide of divine love, that sea of living, roaring flame which gave birth to all things, passes vainly.” Your job, it seems, would be to find a crack through which some sort of communication can be made, one soul to another.”
Phil Klay, Redeployment

J.K. Rowling
“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Margaret Atwood
“It wasn't so easy though, ending the war. A war is a huge fire; the ashes from it drift far, and settle slowly.”
Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
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Margaret Atwood
“The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it.”
Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

Alice Hoffman
“Sometimes words drew blood, they cut your tongue, they made you know things you couldn't unknow. ”
Alice Hoffman, The Story Sisters

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