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The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
" It's not just you! It's the little things like that which make me give up on a story. "
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The Tell-Tale Start by Gordon McAlpine
The Tell-Tale Start
by Gordon McAlpine
read in December, 2013
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The descendants of the renowned horror writer, seventh-grade twins Edgar and Allan are not only consummate pranksters, but geniuses with a telepathic connection. Unfortunately, such extraordinary children are bound to come to the attention of evil ge ...more
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Waiter Rant by The Waiter
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Based on the blog by the longtime L.A. waiter, this is a series of pieces highlighting some of the trials and tribulations restaurant workers face, from feuds in the back to bad tippers to wanna-be foodies who think they know how the food gets to the ...more
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King Dork by Frank Portman
King Dork (King Dork, #1)
by Frank Portman (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2008
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The title high school outcast (Henderson, or the more derogatory Chi-Mo) narrates the events that occurred one school year, when the discovery of his dead father’s books from high school open up disturbing questions about how he died. Meanwhile deali ...more
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Silas Marner by George Eliot
Silas Marner
by George Eliot
read in December, 2013
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Silas Marner is a weaver who settles near Raveloe after being expelled from his strict Calvinist sect for theft (a crime for which he was framed by his best friend). Shunning society, he comes to care for only his hoard of gold which he makes from hi ...more
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Beijing Confidential by Jan Wong
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A sequel of sorts to her maddening, fascinating, invaluable memoir Red China Blues: My Long March From Mao to Now, this book chronicles Wong’s return to Beijing in 2008 to find the woman whom she denounced as a traitor at the height of the Cultural R ...more
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How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
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Investigating successful kids and programs at low-income schools and high-achieving prep schools, as well as interviewing psychologists and neuroscientists, Tough challenges some conventional wisdom on causes of failure (poverty, teacher quality) and ...more
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Sándor Márai
“Do you also believe that what gives our lives their meaning is the passion that suddenly invades us heart, soul, and body, and burns in us forever, no matter what else happens in our lives? And that if we have experienced this much, then perhaps we haven’t lived in vain? Is passion so deep and terrible and magnificent and inhuman? Is it indeed about desiring any one person, or is it about desiring desire itself? That is the question. Or perhaps, is it indeed about desiring a particular person, a single, mysterious other, once and for always, no matter whether that person is good or bad, and the intensity of our feelings bears no relation to that individual’s qualities or behavior?”
Sándor Márai, Embers

Aldous Huxley
“Indeed, a faint hypnopædic prejudice in favour of size was universal. Hence the laughter of the women to whom he made proposals, the practical joking of his equals among the men. The mockery made him feel an outsider; and feeling an outsider he behaved like one, which increased the prejudice against him and intensified the contempt and hostility aroused by his physical defects. Which in turn increased his sense of being alien and alone. A chronic fear of being slighted made him avoid his equals, made him stand, where his inferiors were concerned, self-consciously on his dignity.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Doris Lessing
“Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.”
Doris Lessing

Evelyn Waugh
“Perhaps all our loves are merely hints and symbols; a hill of many invisible crests; doors that open as in a dream to reveal only a further stretch of carpet and another door; perhaps you and I are types and this sadness which sometimes falls between us springs from disappointment in our search, each straining through and beyond the other, snatching a glimpse now and then of the shadow which turns the corner always a pace or two ahead of us.”
Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

Kurt Vonnegut
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

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