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The Sense of an Ending
3.70
it was ok
Booker Man Prize? Please! What distinguishes this plotless, flat-charactered novel from the 10,000 other plotless, flat-charactered novels about a man ...more
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Feb 24, 2012
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.32
it was amazing
Every once in a while you find that rare jewel of a book that leaves you breathless, at once wanting to begin again as soon as the last word is devour ...more
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Dec 18, 2013
 
An Unrestored Woman
4.02
it was amazing
This review originally appeared on BookBrowse: https://www.bookbrowse.com/reviews/in...
At the stroke of midnight on August 15 1947, the British pulle
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Jun 27, 2016
 
How to Be Both
3.62
it was amazing
Note: My full review of this book can be found on BookBrowse.

How you see—and experience—Ali Smith’s new novel How to Be Both is a matter of chance. In
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Nov 28, 2014
 
The Illusion of Separateness
3.99
it was amazing
I started underlining passages that knocked me over but soon realized I was already prone on the floor and would be underlining the entire book. Truly ...more
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Apr 06, 2013
 
The Line
3.65
really liked it
If you are looking for a fast-paced, read-on-the-treadmill book, this is not the one for you, which is fitting, given the plot. This book spans the ti ...more
Jan 08, 2012
Jul 05, 2011
 
Lost Luggage
3.26
really liked it
Jordi Punti's Lost Luggage, translated from the Spanish by Julie Wark, reminds me of those nested Russian dolls; open a layer of the story and inside ...more
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Sep 22, 2013
 
City of Secrets
3.31
really liked it
This review originally appeared in BookBrowse: https://www.bookbrowse.com/reviews/in...
In his new novel, City of Secrets, Stewart O’Nan spins a tale o
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Apr 30, 2016
 
Dancing in Odessa
4.23
really liked it
Reading this collection of poems is like reading a novella in verse. Like Darwish, he is a poet of exile, and like Darwish his imagery is rich with th ...more
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Dec 26, 2011
 
Can't and Won't: Stories
3.62
it was amazing
I should not have tried this at home. I should not have taken out my moleskin notebook and observed the smallest events occurring around me in the mos ...more
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Aug 02, 2015
 
The All of It
3.66
it was amazing
After plodding through two books that took effort to reach the end, entering the world of this book was like burning sage to cleanse both the literary ...more
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Dec 23, 2016
 
Night (The Night Trilogy #1)
4.30
it was amazing
After hearing the sad news of Wiesel's death, I decided to reread Night (Marion Wiesel translation). I reread it in a single day. Such a spare book, a ...more
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Aug 03, 2016
 
Displaced Persons
3.22
it was amazing
This is a book of quiet importance. I fell in love from the first line and am in love still, the last line resonating in my head. This is a book about ...more
Aug 02, 2012
Jul 13, 2012
 
Redeployment
3.98
it was ok
Okay. I only read the first story. I don't think I can read the second one. With such difficult subject matter, I need something of redemption, like g ...more
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Jul 15, 2015
 
Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death
3.88
it was amazing
A necessary addition to the Literature of the Holocaust. Kulka, a professor of Jewish History, had until writing this collection of memories, kept his ...more
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Jun 21, 2014
 
After Long Silence
3.95
really liked it
A frank and well-crafted journey of a woman's discovery of herself, her family, and her secret history. Her writing is extremely accessible; I felt as ...more
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Feb 15, 2015
 
She Has a Name
4.17
it was amazing
Kamilah Aisha Moon calls this stunning work a "biomythography in poems." It is the story, written from the all the points of view, of one family with ...more
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Dec 18, 2013
 
Salvage the Bones
3.85
really liked it
A beautifully written, intensely brutal look at a family in the days leading up to and during Katrina. The characters were vividly wrought,tremblingly ...more
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Dec 18, 2014
 
The Country Without a Post Office
4.22
really liked it
The 4 stars is probably my fault. I'm thick, and some of the later poems I just did not connect with. Ali is a brilliant poet, and these poems of dias ...more
Oct 23, 2011
Aug 21, 2011
 
Haweswater
3.58
liked it
This novel has a fabulous tragic conceit: a rural town in the beautiful hills of north England in the 1930s, a community of sheep herders and subsiste ...more
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Aug 12, 2017
 
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
4.13
liked it
Sorry, but I don't understand what all the hype is about. It's true. There were some passages of gorgeous writing, but for me, they were overwhelmed b ...more
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May 19, 2014
 
Mischling
3.88
it was ok
This is the story of two twins in Auschwitz subjected to the horrific experimentation of Mengele's twins. Unfortunately, I found the author intent on ...more
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Dec 23, 2016
 
Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust
4.21
it was amazing
Somewhere There Is Still a Sun

In Somewhere There Is Still a Sun, Michael Gruenbaum and Todd Hasak-Lowy accomplish the near impossible. Without shying
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Feb 15, 2016
 
Austerlitz
4.04
it was amazing
A book of quiet and utter brilliance, deeply and richly layered. Sebald structures this book in layers of narrative like an onion. There is the "I" of ...more
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Aug 04, 2014
 
Tinkers
3.37
really liked it
I traded a pink sock for this book. I found it on the folding table while doing my laundry in a hotel, and--yes--I stole it. When I returned to my roo ...more
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Feb 21, 2012
 
The Death of Bees
3.81
it was ok
Probably 2.5. The book has a great prologue: "Today is Christmas Eve. Today is my birthday. Today I am fifteen. Today I buried my parents in the backy ...more
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Mar 16, 2013
 
Bearing the Body
3.24
liked it
2.5 stars, really. The book had flashes of brilliance in the writing, and the premise of the story-- an estranged brother/son who had become a drug ad ...more
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Dec 06, 2013
 
The Light Between Oceans
4.01
liked it
The Light Between the Oceans: A Strong Debut
From the first sentence, M.L. Stedman's The Light Between the Oceans draws the reader into the world of it
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Jul 13, 2012
 
The Patriots
3.83
it was amazing
A fabulous, muscular book covering three generations of a family: Florie, a young Jewish woman coming of age during the depression and emigrating to R ...more
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Jan 11, 2018
 
Thrall
4.11
it was amazing
I would have to say that this is among the best collections of poetry I have ever read. I loved NATIVE GUARD, but THRALL is even better.I devoured it ...more
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Sep 06, 2012
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