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The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
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”It’s dark, now, and I am very tired. I love you, always. Time is nothing.

Latest on my shelf of “giving myself a break and reading a pop-novel” books, The Time Traveler’s Wife was a thought provoking and heart wrenching read. A romantic novel imbu
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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
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"He came out of nothingness, took form, was loved, was always bound to return to nothingness. I mistook him for solidity, and now must pay. I am not stable and the very buildings and monuments here not stable and the greater city not stable and the ...more
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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Sharp Objects
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"It's impossible to compete with the dead. I wish I could stop trying."

Sharp Objects is a good book. Gillian Flynn is a good author. This being the second pop-culture novel of hers I've read (after 2014's very famous Gone Girl), I can say with ev
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Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
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"The desperate struggle merely to keep body and soul together had deadened the pain of living. In the sweat of thy brow shalt thou earn thy daily bread: it was not a curse upon mankind, but the balm which reconciled it to existence."

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Atonement by Ian McEwan
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"Was everyone else really as alive as she was? ...did her sister really matter to herself, was she as valuable to herself as Briony was?"

Phew, what a novel. After I go through a dry spell of two and three star books, wondering if I'll ever find an
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a book that I really, really like in theory. Reading reviews and summaries of the book got me excited, it's overarching themes, writing style, and impact on literature seemed to check every box I have for books that ...more
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Be Here Now by Ram Dass
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"By God it is - there's no way getting away from it - that's the way it is. That's the Eternal Present. You finally figure out that it's only the clock that's going around... it's doing it's thing, but you- you're sitting here, right now, always." ...more
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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
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"I am afraid. Not of life, or death, or nothingness, but of wasting it as if I had never been."

As a notable staple of middle-school reading, Flowers for Algernon was a book I wanted to revisit because I couldn't quite remember if I had read it (i
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Power Down by Ben Coes
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”He was alone in so many ways... but he felt the warmth of a hundred thousand brothers beside him... who died for this country trying to protect it.”

In the spirit of acceptance and anthropological curiosity, my father and I agreed to read each othe
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