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Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff
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The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
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The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
"The complexity of the relationships, the turbulence of the times, and the devastation that existed and maintained decades down the line made this equal parts compelling and heartbreaking. Pieces of this reminded me of Hanya Yanagihara's "A Little..." Read more of this review »
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Thinking Physics by Lewis Carroll Epstein
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Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe
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I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong
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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Norse Mythology
by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author)
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I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into with this one; it ended up being a fun, enjoyable read. But unless you’re really into mythology, comics, and in particular, Norse mythology (of the Thor-Odin-Loki variety), I don’t think you’d be mi ...more
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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A Man Called Ove
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A sweet, feel-good novel about a curmudgeon with a big heart. Backman’s prose and writing style caught me off guard at first—he has a tendency towards short, fragmented sentences and simple language, reading a bit like how someone might speak. But th ...more
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Norse Mythology
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I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into with this one; it ended up being a fun, enjoyable read. But unless you’re really into mythology, comics, and in particular, Norse mythology (of the Thor-Odin-Loki variety), I don’t think you’d be mi ...more
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Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
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Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha is sort of THE book responsible for the evolution of Buddhism in the West. Hesse pulls elements from the Eastern philosophy and tradition (without the usual religious undertones) and introduces them as an alternative to the ...more
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Hermann Hesse
“We fear death, we shudder at life's instability, we grieve to see the flowers wilt again and again, and the leaves fall, and in our hearts we know that we, too, are transitory and will soon disappear. When artists create pictures and thinkers search for laws and formulate thoughts, it is in order to salvage something from the great dance of death, to make something last longer than we do.”
Hermann Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund

A Celestial Wonder (Poetry)
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Description: An attempt to capture with words the most beautiful voyage I’ve ever taken.
52937 Around the World in 80 Books — 17853 members — last activity 51 minutes ago
Reading takes you places. Where in the world will your next book take you? If you love world literature, translated works, travel writing, or explorin ...more