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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
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One of the most beautiful, bleak, haunting books I've read. Set in a small town in Georgia in the Depression, a deaf-mute impacts the lives of four other characters. Acutely drawn characters wrestle with the question of intimacy and what it means to ...more
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Hannah's Child by Stanley Hauerwas
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This memoir/autobiography may possibly be one of the worst-written that I've read. And overall I was disappointed with the book, having expected it to be richer and more thoughtful. Hauerwas is definitely a better writer when he's engaging the head i ...more
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Proud Shoes by Pauli Murray
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Pauli Murray -- reared in Durham, civil rights lawyer, first black woman ordained in the Episcopal Church -- wrote this book to tell her nieces and nephews about their ancestors. In so doing, she presents her American family, with free blacks and ens ...more
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Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy
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I love a wonderful short story -- I often find that these gems delight and haunt me longer than long-form fiction. This collection certainly did. Each story paints with clear but minimal brush strokes. bringing to life characters caught in the mundan ...more
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
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I love books that create an authentic character with a credible voice, and this novel is exquisitely written and so true to the talents and challenges of the autistic people I know. Mark Haddon manages to tell a complicated story about family and lov ...more
Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison
" I've started reading that, and was really getting into it until you told me it had a sad ending. Now I don't know if I get myself emotionally steeled ...more "
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Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott
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I finally hit a wall with this Lamott book. this one really did feel like a tired retread, a book cranked out for the contract and the money. Yes, there were some touching meditations on life with a teenaged son, and some expanded reflections on body ...more
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The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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As an avid reader of Ta-Nehisi Coates's blog, I couldn't resist this book when I saw it at the library. The style is different from his prose and blog -- more lyrical, elliptical, musical. Sometimes this is a good thing. Sometimes it makes him hard t ...more
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Mother on Fire by Sandra Tsing Loh
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This memoir of her year trying to figure out her daughter's educational milieu captures Sandra's spicy, slightly hyperventilating tone as well as some great insights into the American educational system. I loved her skewering of private schools, the ...more
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