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The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
read in January, 2013
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
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Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help
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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas
by David Mitchell
read in July, 2011
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Anything remotely interesting about this novel gets lost in translation, in my opinion. It sounds like a 17 year old editor went through and substituted every word with something from a thesaurus. (And no, I don't lack a vocabulary. I genuinely belie ...more
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J.K. Rowling
“No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
J.K. Rowling

Billy Collins
Picnic, Lightning

It is possible to be struck by a meteor
or a single-engine plane
while reading in a chair at home.
Safes drop from rooftops
and flatten the odd pedestrian
mostly within the panels of the comics,
but still, we know it is possible,
as well as the flash of summer lightning,
the thermos toppling over,
spilling out on the grass.

And we know the message
can be delivered from within.
The heart, no valentine,
decides to quit after lunch,
the power shut off like a switch,
or a tiny dark ship is unmoored
into the flow of the body’s rivers,
the brain a monastery,
defenseless on the shore.

This is what I think about
when I shovel compost
into a wheelbarrow,
and when I fill the long flower boxes,
then press into rows

the limp roots of red impatiens—
the instant hand of Death
always ready to burst forth
from the sleeve of his voluminous cloak.

Then the soil is full of marvels,
bits of leaf like flakes off a fresco,
red-brown pine needles, a beetle quick
to burrow back under the loam.
Then the wheelbarrow is a wilder blue,
the clouds a brighter white,

and all I hear is the rasp of the steel edge
against a round stone,
the small plants singing
with lifted faces, and the click
of the sundial
as one hour sweeps into the next.”
Billy Collins, Picnic, Lightning

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