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The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
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I am baffled that I didn't read any Edith Wharton when I was a teenager, but it has been fantastic to get to read her stuff for the first time as an adult. The writing is spectacular, and her insights into class, gender, greed, lust, and status feel ...more
I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong
"I'm an Ed Yong fan -- I read all his articles, subscribe to his newsletter, etc. -- so no surprise that I really enjoyed this book. (It does follow that annoying pattern that all recent popular science books seem to have adopted where the prologue..." Read more of this review »
The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
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Lit by Mary Karr
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Well, I couldn't have picked this up at a better time. Let's just say I found a lot to relate to here, hmmmkay? I think as is sometimes the way with memoirs, the pacing and structure get a bit wonky, but the good parts are really, really good. Her re ...more
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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
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The memoir of a brilliant neurosurgeon-neuroscientist/lover of literature--about to reach the pinnacle of his career ambitions--who is diagnosed with fatal lung cancer at age 35. It is, obviously, wrenching, but incredibly well-written and beautiful. ...more
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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
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This is George Saunders's first novel, after a pretty long career writing a lot of dark sci-fi short stories (which I like!). This one is about the death of Lincoln's young son, and what happens after he dies when he hangs out with a bunch of other l ...more
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A Field Guide to Awkward Silences by Alexandra Petri
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I really enjoy her columns in the Washington Post, so I thought this would be a fun read. It was... fine. I feel like I need to stop rewarding funny white women who write these slapdash books of autobiographical essays that I buy just because I like ...more
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The Power by Naomi Alderman
The Power
by Naomi Alderman (Goodreads Author)
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Lurid and aggressively violent (feminist??) speculative fiction about a world in which young women everywhere suddenly gain destructive superpowers, and turn the whole world order on its head. It was a page-turner, but hammered awfully hard on some p ...more
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