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A Balanced Life by Johnny Yong
A Balanced Life
by Johnny Yong
read in October, 2014
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The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
by Lois Lowry (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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Another book that was handed to me by my 11-year-old son, with a "wow. you have to read this."
I'm so glad I did - what an amazing amount of thought-provoking, innovative storytelling is packed into a short and easy-to-read book! The world created in
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Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Wonder
by R.J. Palacio
read in October, 2014
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In the new realm of young-adult fiction I've been exploring (thanks to my kids) - Wonder is a standout. It's well-written, a unique and captivating storyline, and holds lots of moral lessons without being preachy or overly predictable. I'm grateful t ...more
Free-Range Kids by Lenore Skenazy
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Love this book. It articulates and defends many principles that I firmly believe in - while challenging me to work on other areas. Skenazy's sense of humor and willingness to add in snarky remarks can be a bit much at times. But the book overall is b ...more
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
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It's definitely absorbing. It's been awhile since I read any fantasy / sci-fi or even historical fiction, so nice to get caught up in knights, castles, and court intrigue again. I don't know that anything literary was accomplished here (835 pages lat ...more
The Odds by Stewart O'Nan
The Odds: A Love Story
by Stewart O'Nan (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2014
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I love Stewart O'Nan's books, and this one had a chance at 5-stars, if it weren't for the ending. I won't spoil it, but let's just say it didn't fit the powerfully true-to-life tone of the rest of the book. For the most part I greatly appreciated thi ...more
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2014
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Wow. Another masterpiece from Neil Gaiman. I only gave this 4 stars because I've grown accustomed to NG's cleverness - his style, and in particular, his way of describing the world from the point of view of a child - especially a bookish, imaginative ...more
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
read in April, 2014
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This in the category of "things I should have read in highschool English class". It took me a while to get through - the most-exciting parts don't happen until the last quarter of the book, and the drawling Southern portraiture of childhood was not e ...more
The Master by Colm Tóibín
The Master
by Colm Tóibín
read in March, 2014
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This book called for slow and deliberate reading. It is only 338 pages, but took me a month to finish. It's probably because the subject of the book is author Henry James, who spends his time in contemplation and composition, choosing his words as ca ...more
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Jonathan Lethem
“...Don't rupture another's illusion unless you're positive the alternative you offer is more worthwhile than that from which you're wrenching them. Interrogate your solipsism: Does it offer any better a home than the delusions you're reaching to shatter?”
Jonathan Lethem, Chronic City

Jonathan Lethem
“Despite their authoritarian light show, those ice-cream trucks of death couldn't do any more for Perkus's murdered infatuation, his crushed crush, than could keening Greek chorus, or a moaning witch doctor.”
Jonathan Lethem, Chronic City

Dan Chaon
“There are so many people we could become, and we leave such a trail of bodies through our teens and twenties that it's hard to tell which one is us. How many versions do we abandon over the years?”
Dan Chaon, Among the Missing

Dan Chaon
“What if she never knows the end of the story? She shudders, and her mind continues to lurch forward into the future, that simple expectation of time passing - another moment, and another moment. It seems impossible that it will abruptly cease. It seems impossible that you will never know what happens next, that the thread you've been following your whole life will just... cut off, like a book with the last pages torn out. That doesn't seem fair, she thinks.”
Dan Chaon, You Remind Me of Me

Jonathan Lethem
“Terms swarm up to tempt me in the course of this description: Greek Orthodox, Romanesque, flying buttress, etc. These guessing words I find junked in my brain in deranged juxtaposition, like files randomly stuffed into cabinets by a dispirited secretary with no notion of what, if anything, might ever be usefully retrieved. Often all language seems this way: a monstrous compendium of embedded histories I’m helpless to understand. I employ it the way a dog drives a car, without grasping how the car came to exist or what makes a combustion engine possible. That is, of course, if dogs drove cars. They don’t. Yet I go around forming sentences.”
Jonathan Lethem, Chronic City

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