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In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
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As a teacher, sometimes I have to read books not just for enjoyment, but for work. I teach WWII, I had this book, and so...voila, I read it. Beyond the minutiae of what was going on in the American embassy in Berlin, and who Ambassador Dodd's daughte ...more
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Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
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What is this book about? The story begins with an author trying to pitch his next book to his publisher and doesn't get his way. The author, dejected, moves to some city and there, meets a fan working on a play that utterly absorbs the author's time ...more
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
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This book took some getting used to. At first, the tone of the novel really seemed to be one of gossip. "Let me tell you what happened to Oscar. Let me tell you what happened to his sister." It seemed to have no point other than spilling the beans on ...more
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Daughters of Darkness by L.J. Smith
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Smith becomes more well-known as the author of The Vampire Diaries, but first was this set of short novels collectively referred to as Night World. As a critical reader, I can complain about the simplicity and lack of originality of the plot and the ...more
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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
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I decided to read this novel after watching the movie. "There had to be more to these amazing characters and worlds on the screen" I thought. Not really, but that speaks to the quality of the movie once you have seen it a couple of times. That conclu ...more
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The problem with labeling something a classic is that it changes the way you read the book. As I read the pages, I was also thinking a lot about what I am supposed to be getting out of reading the pages. I read the Forward that tells me that I should ...more
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