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Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall by Kjerstin Gruys
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My daughter will always remain her current nine-month old self, never having to worry about body image. But I read this just in case.

Gruys writes a personal, not narcissistic, brave, readable memoir of her tumultuous year living without mirrors, purs...more
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Brazil's Dance with the Devil by Dave Zirin
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Written very much like a feature magazine piece, Dave Zirin's profile of modern Brazil troubles me as a football fan. It's not as though I didn't already know about the corruption of FIFA (and, in the case of the Olympics, the IOC) and that governmen...more
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Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
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So this is a superhero story. Waiting for the comic book.

Michael Lewis returns to form here, going back to Wall Street and writing something just as interesting and more intelligible than The Big Short. It's about traders who work inside the millisec...more
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The Bosnia List by Kenan Trebincevic
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The Yugoslav wars repeat in miniature in a Balkan New York club.

The slow disintegration of the club is the hook into this memoir of a child war refugee who returns for a ten-day visit as an adult. While the writing is standard, the story - and its st...more
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Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
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I like: the epistemological issues raised.
she liked: closing the pages on my fingers.
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The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
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I liked: Um, trains are just cool.
she liked: shiny pages that squeak.
Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn
" A tickling read. What engrossing characters. Kirn, Clark Rockefeller, even the supporting ‘cast.’ Blood Will Out pulls you in to a quirky world of mystery and the (darkly humourous) naiveté of human beings.

This book is as much about Walter Kirn as... " Read more of this review »
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Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn
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Deftly done. A cliché, but the perfect one.

Walter Kirn deftly tells the incredible story of his relationship with a con-man and murderer. And the best part of this tale is the way Kirn openly talks about his role in the whole affair. How a lie is onl...more
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The French Intifada by Andrew Hussey
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Sigh. Another book that I want to give more stars to. And so, in fairness, I will because it's well written and expert in scope (though overly long).

The opening in the Gare du Nord and banlieus or Paris is fascinating, as is the closing in the predom...more
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Tragedy in the Commons by Alison Loat
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Unfortunately, this was a slog. It wasn't written well (more on that below) but I did learn some new things. Well, not that new. Anyone who follows politics won't be that surprised.

Which, sadly, if I'm going to be consistent, leaves me giving only tw...more
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