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Better Living Through Criticism by A.O. Scott
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I love his reviews, and enjoyed reading the survey of criticism through the ages found in this book. I just don't think he can really mean when he says that criticism is itself a form of art, but he does say that in the text. There is a terrific sect ...more
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Tinkers by Paul Harding
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I can't top the basic Goodreads review, other than to say it was interesting to think back to an earlier time, before gasoline motors, in rural New England.
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
" Loved it. She's so good. Reminds us that it really took the French for us to win that war. "
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
" The Sympathizer has a strong narrative plot line that leads inexorably in an unexpected direction for a book about the Vietnam War and its aftermath, ...more "
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The Occupation Trilogy by Patrick Modiano
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Its been a while since I read this, but I recall that I liked the first of the trilogy much better than the second two.
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Book of Ages by Jill Lepore
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It's a wonderful story, the little known sister of famous Ben, set against the backdrop of the Revolution. I struggled to stay with the book for quite a long time at the beginning, due to what seemed to me to be overly intrusive writing by the author ...more
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