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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
"Couldn't put this one down! So many shocking moments. "
Stiff by Mary Roach
"Interesting read! Enjoyed learning, in a light-hearted way, about something I knew very little about."
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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
" Totally! It's a very quick read and will make you want to watch a bunch of 80s movies! "
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Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
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Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
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This book both fascinated and terrified me. It follows the author's journey through a very debilitating brain illness that presents with seizures, psychosis, and various physical symptoms. You understand from the beginning tha
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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Ready Player One
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A very enjoyable nostalgic read; can definitely be enjoyed by non-gamers (I got most of the music and movie references from the 1980s but I have very limited gaming experience, especially with 1980s games). There were a few annoying bits - it is, at ...more
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Carson McCullers
“Love is a joint experience between two persons -- but the fact that it is a joint experience does not mean that it is a similar experience to the two people involved.”
Carson McCullers, The Ballad of the Sad Café and Other Stories

Nick Hornby
“A while back, when Dick & Barry & I agreed that what really matters is what you like, not what you *are* like, Barry proposed the idea of a questionnaire for potential partners, a 2 or 3 page multiple-choice document that covered all the music/film/TV/book bases. It was intended: a) to dispense with awkward conversation, and b) to prevent a chap from leaping into bed with someone who might, at a later date, turn out to have every Julio Iglesias record ever made. It amused us at the time... But there was an important & essential truth contained in the idea, and the truth was that these things matter, and it's no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently, or if your favorite films wouldn't even speak to each other if they met at a party.”
Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

Rob Sheffield
“I had no voice to talk with because she was my whole language.”
Rob Sheffield, Love Is a Mix Tape

Rob Sheffield
“For two weeks, I lay awake at night and said Hail Marys over and over to stop my heart from beating too fast. I suddenly realized how much being a husband was about fear: fear of not being able to keep somebody safe, of not being able to protect somebody from all the bad stuff you want to protect them from. Knowing they have more tears in them than you will be able to keep them from crying. I realized that Renee had seen me fail, and that she was the person I was going to be failing in front for the rest of my life. It was just a little failure, but it promised bigger failures to come. Additional ones, anyway. But that's who your wife is, the person you fail in front of. Love it so confusing; there's no peace of mind.”
Rob Sheffield, Love Is a Mix Tape

Joan Didion
“prepare a little hot tea or broth and it should be brought to them . . . without their being asked if they would care for it. Those who are in great distress want no food, but if it is handed to them, they will mechanically take it ' ... There was something arresting about the matter-of-fact wisdom here, the instinctive understanding of the physiological disruptions... I will not forget the instinctive wisdom of the friend who, every day for those first few weeks, brought me a quart container of scallion-and-ginger congee from Chinatown. Congee I could eat. Congee was all I could eat.”
Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

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