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Redeployment by Phil Klay
Redeployment
by Phil Klay
read in May, 2015
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If you read one short story collection this year, let it be this one. Even if you're like "Ugh, short stories!" These are immediate and poignant and important. I'm happy this book is in the world and I hope with Phil Klay's forays into film there'll ...more
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Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quiñonez
Bodega Dreams
by Ernesto Quiñonez
read in May, 2015
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The First Bad Man by Miranda July
The First Bad Man
by Miranda July (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2015
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Really super great. Longer review coming soon at http://www.thenightstand.co!!
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders
"The stories in the collection are really good. Not as good as Tenth of December, but what is? It's a really unique, weird look at American culture that's as relevant today as when it was published 20 years ago."
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A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
A Thousand Acres
by Jane Smiley
read in April, 2015
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One of the best contemporary books dealing with multi-generational family drama.
Leslie rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Everything I Never Told You
by Celeste Ng (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2015
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Solid family drama that authentically portrays five different points of view and highlights how people can hurt one another in completely unintentional ways. I think this is the best book I've read that illustrates the damage done to children when pa ...more
Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
"Few writers make me as mad as Coetzee. The way he describes acts of cruelty and violence are so powerful that I often find myself putting down his novels for a few minutes to compose my mind before I can go on. In Waiting for the Barbarians, the b..." Read more of this review »
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
"Haunting and scarily predictive. I can't believe this book was written in 1987, as it seems more relevant today. I would recommend this for anyone interested in dystopian literature or really anyone who values women's rights. "
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In Broad Daylight by Harry N. MacLean
In Broad Daylight
by Harry N. MacLean (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2015
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If there ever seemed to be a situation where vigilante justice was justified, this would be this case. But the author gives a thorough, even-handed recounting of the events that de-glamorizes what happened in Skidmore. Nothing good occurred here, the ...more
Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
" lol. i love it. "
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