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Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
Then We Came to the End
by Joshua Ferris (Goodreads Author)
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Totally deserving of the hype. I thought the meta-fiction aspect was dumb, but otherwise this was original, funny, and disturbingly accurate.
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I Do But I Don't by Kamy Wicoff
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Never did finish this one, but I wasn't impressed by the opening chapter. Sure, the stereotype of women as marriage-hungry mantraps is awful, and sure, it creates a total mental boondoggle for independent feminist types who actually ARE hungry to get ...more
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No god but God by Reza Aslan
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Aslan studies religion, but he also has an MFA from Iowa, and this book suggests all historians should have fiction degrees -- his blend of storytelling and analysis is perfect. If you want an introduction to Islam, you couldn't pick a better book.
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Straight Man by Richard Russo
Straight Man
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Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
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Reichl's writing is invariably described as "sensuous," and she often does sound like a shampoo commercial ("I closed my eyes and allowed the salad to transport me to a dewy glade") but her obvious passion for food -- plus her struggles to turn resta ...more
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Doing Nothing by Tom Lutz
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If you resent having to devote all your time to your job, and you feel like a whiny brat because of it, the introduction to this book will soothe your worry by putting your complaints into context. If you are like me, however, you will become so soot ...more
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What Do Women Want? by Daniel Bergner
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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
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As smart as it is fun, The Interestings follows the lives of five kids who meet at an arts camp. It's a meditation on talent and privilege -- on who gets to be an artist as an adult, and why. That makes it sound heavy, but it's also a fast-moving sto ...more
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The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
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I usually love these kinds of portraits of difficult, complicated female characters ("Prep" might be my favorite novel of the past decade) but this one didn't work for me. The plot never quite gels, and no one but our anti-heroine quite feels like a ...more
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