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The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
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Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Ordinary People
by Judith Guest
read in June, 2015
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Again, I have no time for a proper review, and I'm behind on my goodreads anyway.
But I definitely see why my old boss (religious studies professor emeritus in his current life, English professor in his former life) was astounded when I said I'd neve
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Half a Life by Darin Strauss
Half a Life
by Darin Strauss
read in May, 2015
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Really, really remarkably well-written and thoughtful. I'm surprised it doesn't have higher goodreads ratings. Strauss has a real gift with language and what I consider a nuanced manner of contemplation and self-reflection that is missing from a lot ...more
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Oogy by Larry Levin
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It gets two stars because it's about a dog. Otherwise it would be just one.

I love memoirs. I especially love memoirs about dogs. If it's a memoir about an abused dog who gets rehabilitated by the love and patience of a family and lives happily ever a
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The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus
The Flame Alphabet
by Ben Marcus (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2015
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Utterly bizarre but fascinating throughout. I don't think I'll pick up anything else from Ben Marcus, because it just feels too experimental for my taste.

I went in with no expectations of a traditional sort of narrative structure or cohesiveness beca
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Barbara Kingsolver
“If chained is where you have been, your arms will always bear marks of the shackles. What you have to lose is your story, your own slant. You'll look at the scars on your arms and see more ugliness, or you'll take great care to look away from them and see nothing. Either way, you have no words for the story of where you came from.”
Barbara Kingsolver

Augusten Burroughs
“I believe in the baby Jesus, and I believe he is handsome and lives in the sky with his pet cow. I believe that it is essential the cow like you, and if you pet the cow with your mind, it will lick your hand and give you cash. But if you make the cow angry, it will turn away from you, forget you exist, and your life will fall into shambles. I believe that as long as the cow likes you, you can get what you want. In order to keep the cow’s favor, you need to ‘let go and let God,’ meaning you can’t obsess about controlling every little thing. You have to let things unfold naturally, and not try to change things you cannot change. On the other hand, I believe that if you’ve made the cow happy by living this way, you’re allowed to ask for favors...”
Augusten Burroughs, Magical Thinking

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