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The Good Shufu by Tracy Slater
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I enjoyed this so much! It's a memoir by a proudly feminist professor who teaches a course in conversational English to Japanese businessmen, falls in love with one of them, and moves to Japan. Slater really captures the joys of a new relationship, a ...more
eb and 2 other people liked Tony Daniel's review of Let the Great World Spin:
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
"More-or-less interconnected short stories and vignettes set in New York in the early 1970s with the central image of Phillip Petite's tightrope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center recurring occasionally. My goodness, won the 200..." Read more of this review »
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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Let the Great World Spin
by Colum McCann (Goodreads Author)
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I don't buy any of it. The hookers with hearts of gold, the messianic priest, the shy photographer, the manslaughterer who falls in love with her victim's brother, the pimp with the purple feather in his hat—stock characters, every one. And what a co ...more
eb and 14 other people liked Joe's review of Let the Great World Spin:
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
"This one never quite got off the page for me. Couple of reasons why: 1) The structure of the book--loosely connected novellas and stories--keeps the reader from getting to know any of the characters, constantly introducing new ones just when you g..." Read more of this review »
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eb and 26 other people liked Matt's review of Let the Great World Spin:
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
""Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting."
-- Karl Wallenda, of the Flying Wallendas.

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 are almost ten years old, and yet, the wound is still very raw (for those not directly involved,..." Read more of this review »
eb rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Blackout by Sarah Hepola
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An entertaining, honest, and well-written account of drinking way too much for years, then getting sober.
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Emma by Jane Austen
in the poll Which Jane Austen Book should I read first? Jane Austen

I've never read any of her work, and would like to finally take the plunge!
eb rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Middlemarch by George Eliot
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Every page contains three or four sentences that show you how to live your life, express one of your inchoate thoughts with perfect clarity, pin down a universal type, or force you to reevaluate your worldview. All that and a rip-roaring plot AND sym ...more
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