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The Girl With The Golden Eyes by Honoré de Balzac
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Opens with a withering and totally bitchy takedown of the Parisian class structure, closes with a melodramatic, overstuffed boy-meets-girl story with a thoroughly bonkers ending.
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The Library Book by Susan Orlean
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This book is total catnip for folks like me; nearly every chapter will provoke knowing head nods and rejuvenation of spirit for any working librarian. Orlean, a true bibliophile, portrays herself as a something of a naif when it comes to the modern p ...more
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How to Listen to and Understand Great Music by Robert Greenberg
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This is my third Robert Greenberg course, and it's every bit as edifying, entertaining, enlightening, and just plain enjoyable as the others. He may even make an opera fan out of me yet.
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The World According to Garp by John Irving
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UPDATE (12/2/18): Decided after all to revisit this book, after reading Irving's new introduction for its 40th anniversary. Thoughts TK.

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Looker by Laura Sims
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The author lives in the town where I work as a librarian and generously gave us a couple ARCs, so I won't pretend to be objective here or even assign this a star rating, other than to say this reminded me, in its protagonist's increasingly unhinged p ...more
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Tim O'Brien
“And sometimes remembering will lead to a story, which makes it forever. That's what stories are for. Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can't remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.”
Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried

David Foster Wallace
“You want your art to be hip and seem cool to people, but a great deal of what passes for hip or cool is now highly commercially driven. And some if it is important art. I think 'The Simpsons' is important art. On the other hand, it's also, in my opinion, relentlessly corrosive to the soul and everything is parodied and everything is ridiculous. Maybe I'm old but for my part I can be steeped in about an hour of it and then I have to walk away and look at a flower.

If there's something to be talked about, that thing is this weird conflict between what my girlfriend calls the 'inner sap,' the part of us that can really wholeheartedly weep at stuff and the part of us that has to live in a world of smart, jaded, sophisticated people and wants very much to be taken seriously by those people.”
David Foster Wallace

Philip Roth
“As an artist the nuance is your task. Your task is not to simplify. Even should you choose to write in the simplest way, a la Hemingway, the task remains to impart the nuance, to elucidate the complication, to imply the contradiction. Not to erase the contradiction, not to deny the contradiction, but to see where, within the contradiction, lies the tormented human being. To allow for the chaos, to let it in. You must let it in. Otherwise you produce propaganda, if not for a political party, a political movement, then stupid propaganda for life itself -- for life as it might itself prefer to be publicized.”
Philip Roth, I Married a Communist

Samuel Beckett
“ESTRAGON: I can't go on like this.
VLADIMIR: That's what you think.”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

Don DeLillo
“It is all falling indelibly into the past.”
Don DeLillo, Underworld

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