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The Making of Home by Judith Flanders
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“The Making of Home” recounts the development of the physical realities and conceptual ideas of home, from the distinction of “home” and “house” in certain places and languages to the modernist assault on traditional forms and meanings. The book cove ...more
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The Odd Woman and the City by Vivian Gornick
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This is such a wonderful book. Not really a memoir, it’s more reflections on past and present by an important feminist theorist/critic now in her 70s, living in New York. The living in New York part is crucial because Gornick is choosing to focus on ...more
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The Violet Hour by Katie Roiphe
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From the fury with which Susan Sontag confronts and attempts to defeat death, to the cool observation of Freud to Dylan Thomas' headlong rush out of life, Katie Roiphe has chosen a wide range of writers - the chroniclers of all human emotion and expe ...more
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The Shape of the New by Scott L. Montgomery
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A verbose and thought provoking look at political, scientific and religious ideas of the last few hundred years and how these have moved the human race into our current situation of governments, and disagreements. An opportunity to open one's mind to ...more
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Kissinger's Shadow by Greg Grandin
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Essential reading. A whole different view of Kissinger and his time in government. Fills in the missing gaps or more specifically the underlying rationale for many of the unilateral actions from Vietnam to Iraq. While Kissinger is certain culpable as ...more
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Dirty Blvd. by Aidan Levy
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This was a pretty good book. Became aware of it after reading how controversial it was because it was a 'warts and all' narrative. There's nothing controversial about the telling here, there are no saints in the city and we all knew that. And I can't ...more
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The Making of Asian America by Erika Lee
The Making of Asian America: A History
by Erika Lee (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2016
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This book was an eye opener for me. I've read about the hardship of Asian laborers in Hawaiian sugar plantations, but I didn't realize the extent of the abuse and discrimination endured by the first wave of Asians. In many instances, they were treate ...more
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My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
My Name Is Lucy Barton
by Elizabeth Strout
read in January, 2016
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Lucy Barton is a damaged woman and yet able to transcend the darkness of her childhood to mother (well) two daughters, marry twice and succeed as a writer on both a commercial and literary level. Much of this is inferred, not described per se, and th ...more
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Immunity by Taylor Antrim
Immunity
by Taylor Antrim
read in January, 2016
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The story seems to be about a world where tens of millions have died due to some epidemic called the Texas flu. The flu has not been completely devastating, but fear has given way to a government that has ratcheted up its watch over its citizens whil
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