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Deep Down Dark by Héctor Tobar
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The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne
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I loved this book. Josh has Tourette's Syndrome. He has it really bad. He struggles to succeed at school, at work, in his marriage and in conceiving a child. He is Mormon and he struggles with issues of faith. He is a librarian and the chapter he wro ...more
Michelle and 29 other people liked Julie's review of Nora Webster:
Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín
"Most of us lead lives of quiet desperation, knocked about every so often by rude shocks or lifted up by brief, brilliant joys. But our quotidian troubles and triumphs rarely create ripples beyond our own little ponds.

As readers, we often gravitate..." Read more of this review »
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Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín
Nora Webster
by Colm Tóibín
read in December, 2014
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What a quietly compelling read. This is the story of a recent widow, and the gradual peacefulness she attains. Her sorrow is palpable. I don't think I could have finished this book if there had been a recent death in my life. Her relationship with he ...more
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Fog Island Mountains by Michelle Bailat-Jones
Fog Island Mountains
by Michelle Bailat-Jones (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2014
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Loved this. I read a lot and find many novels so predictable. This one was certainly not. It's an interesting spin on death and dying and the many ways grief presents itself. Set in Japan, there are many elements of Japanese stoicism that are so fore ...more
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Thousand Pieces of Gold by Ruthanne Lum McCunn
Thousand Pieces of Gold
by Ruthanne Lum McCunn
read in December, 2014
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A good, not profound, read. I enjoyed it very much, but won't be short-listing it for a re-read.
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All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
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Ava's Man by Rick Bragg
Ava's Man
by Rick Bragg
read in December, 2014
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That good.
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Night by Elie Wiesel
Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
by Elie Wiesel
read in December, 2014
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Just finished six books about the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot...why not move on to Night? Off to find some chic lit to lighten the mood. Beautiful, poignant memoir. The evil it describes is incomprehensible and historical revisionists can burn in hell, r ...more
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