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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
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Memoirs of an Infantry Officer by Siegfried Sassoon
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The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman
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Her word choice doesn't seem good enough to merit the "modern-day Jane Austen..." reviews she gets, and the transitions are really awkward or nonexistent (suddenly 6 months have passed but the reader has no sense of it). Okay reading if you're sick i ...more
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The Best American Essays 2010 by Robert Atwan
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This year's collection is edited by Christopher Hitchens. It doesn't have the usual few whimsical essays, but there is a terrific piece on George Orwell, and how his desire for a class-free society bumps up against his mixed feelings about the lower ...more
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How to Live by Sarah Bakewell
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Good-Bye to All That by Robert Graves
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Third time reading it, and it's still good, especially Graves' description of his time in the trenches.
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Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
Clara and Mr. Tiffany
by Susan Vreeland (Goodreads Author)
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You can tell this author responds strongly to visuals, and the book comes alive when she’s describing Tiffany creations, but the dialogue is frequently unnatural and the psychology is often unconvincing.
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Montaigne by Michel de Montaigne
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Fun small bites on all kinds of topics. He has a no-nonsense, back to first cases attitude that I like a lot; it reminds me of Orwell. In the early essays, he relies on historical illustrations for his points, but as he goes on he gets a bit more per ...more
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Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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Started out as just plain fun and inventive nonautobiography (even the copyright page is fun), but I quickly began to feel as if I was suffocating from the author’s excessive concern about how she is perceived by others. In this, it reminds me of Pre ...more
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