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Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Best part of this book - how well I was able to connect to these characters, 1960s Nigerians living lives wholly different from my own - but they were so human, and relatable, and vividly portrayed.

Worst part of this book - the brutality of the war,
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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2016
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I did not expect to like a book about video games. But this is a really amazing futuristic story, about a world where everyone spends most of their time in virtual reality, in a giant video game called the Oasis. The book has some conventions - there ...more
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Tristan et Iseult by René Louis
Tristan et Iseult
by René Louis
read in April, 2016
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I thought I knew the story of Tristan and Iseult, but the version I loved as an adolescent (the Rosemary Sutcliff book from 1971) was much more romantic. This one, truer-to-the-original, explained that most of the story's adventures are due to Iseult ...more
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A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton
A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
by Jackie Copleton (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2016
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A lovely novel with a plot that winds through many decades. It captures the experience of surviving the bombing of Nagasaki very acutely, and the complicated layers of personal relationships around that event come to light gradually, over the course ...more
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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2016
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A terribly sad, but sweet book, recommended by my kids. It's hard to read a book that deals with illness and death, tangled up with adolescent love, and sex, and explicit language, when it's been handed to you by your 11-year-old. (who read it becaus ...more
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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The Fountainhead
by Ayn Rand
read in January, 2016
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Re-reading Ayn Rand 20 years later. I know a lot more, now, about her philosophy, and about its real-world implications. But it doesn't change some of the wonder I have at her writing - her ideas are BIG and amazing. I still find a lot of inspiration ...more
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A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
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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
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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

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

Dan Chaon
“As her husband held her close, she could feel the pulse of other choices, other lives, opening up beneath her. Her past crackled behind her like a terrible lightning, branches and branches, endless, and then nothing.”
Dan Chaon, Among the Missing

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

Dan Chaon
“It's not like it ruined my life, I was going to say, but then I didn't. Because it occurred to me that maybe it had ruined my life, in a kind of quiet way--a little lie, probably not so vital, insidiously separating me from everyone I loved. ”
Dan Chaon, Among the Missing

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