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West of Here by Jonathan Evison
West of Here
by Jonathan Evison (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2011
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I loved this book. Read it in two days flat. Even woke up during the night to keep going. Very few authors can pull off intricately structured novels that weave back and forth between multiple characters and moments in history. Evison manages to do i ...more
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Isn't it Romantic? by Ron Hansen
Isn't it Romantic?
by Ron Hansen
read in October, 2010
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I'm glad Hansen didn't let this book get blown out of proportion. It is exactly what it says it is on the cover: "an entertainment." Rather like watching a production of "Noises Off," though not quite as uproariously funny.

The characters are well-dra
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Half a Life by Darin Strauss
"i feel bad for not liking this more than i do; darin strauss seems like a good guy and life definitely dealt him a shitty hand in the accident this memoir is about. but after the first 50 pages or so, it just felt like all the emotion leaked away,..." Read more of this review »
Half a Life by Darin Strauss
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Half a Life by Darin Strauss
Half a Life
by Darin Strauss
read in October, 2010
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This book is beautifully typeset. Great leading. But then, it's a slim book, so they could stand to let the text air out. I also liked the half dust-jacket. Glad they didn't try to have an illustrated cover. The simple gold-stamped cloth cover works ...more
Snapshots by Michal Govrin
by Michal Govrin
read in October, 2010
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I'm interested in all the literature coming out about the founding of the modern state of Israel. Unfortunately, this book had some good bits in it that were obscured by a strange system of italics.

At first I thought I had the italics figured out--wh
The Tango Singer by Tomás Eloy Martínez
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Was bogged down for weeks trying to get through this thing.

Possibly it was a terrible translation. Entire pages would have sentences that began with "I." Possibly in Spanish, with "Yo" left out, this would be bearable. As it is, the narrator comes ac
Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano
by Roberto Saviano
read in October, 2010
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Didn't make it very far. Needed a great deal of editing as through-line was remarkably unclear. I was excited to read this as I was in Naples when it was released! Darn.
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