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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan
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Dracula by Bram Stoker
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I had never read this before, and it was rich -- I can see how it has endured. It was fun to work my way through such early vampire lore, but it was even more fun to enjoy the compilation of artifacts that composed the narratives, and to consider the ...more
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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Erg. I was annoyed with this, though I know people will despise me for saying that. Full of witticisms and full of Wilde-details, but I despised Dorian, hated Lord Henry, and wished Basil had more pluck. I get that it is scathing satire and philosoph ...more
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Middlemarch by George Eliot
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I thought I had read this in high school, but remembered nothing. So perhaps it was another that I'd always meant to read. Very interesting -- I can see how this might have been revolutionary when published, especially as it tracks the ways that diff ...more
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The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
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The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
The Intuitionist
by Colson Whitehead (Goodreads Author)
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Ohhh. I get why he received a MacArthur Grant. This novel works as noir, as metaphor, as commentary on race relations, and as philosophy. I haven't read Invisible Man since high school, but echoes of it cling to this novel, too. Lila Mae Watson is th ...more
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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
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I haven't read this one since I was 14 (ugh), but it was well worth a reread. I'm shocked that I remember enjoying it as much as I did when I was 14, as it is a long, slow burn to the third book of this novel and the good stuff -- for which I couldn' ...more
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The Noble Hustle by Colson Whitehead
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I'm getting to know Whitehead pretty well, and this was enlightening as to his themes and personality. Grantland stakes him, a solid social player but never a tournament player, in the World Series of Poker, and he chronicles his preparation and his ...more
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The Noble Hustle by Colson Whitehead
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I'm getting to know Whitehead pretty well, and this was enlightening as to his themes and personality. Grantland stakes him, a solid social player but never a tournament player, in the World Series of Poker, and he chronicles his preparation and his ...more
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Zone One by Colson Whitehead
Zone One
by Colson Whitehead (Goodreads Author)
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Wow. I read the blurb and thought, Whitehead does genre fiction? Zombie fiction? Huh. And -- wow. This is not zombie fiction, not post-apocalyptic as the genre most often presents itself. This is a deep consideration of what makes us human, how we re ...more
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