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The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell by John Crawford
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A heartbreakingly true account of a soldier's life in the current Iraq war. The author was a National Guardsman who expected to do the "two weeks a year" thing until he was called up to do security detail in Baghda; hence the "accidental soldier" of ...more
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Our Votes, Our Guns by Martin Meredith
Our Votes, Our Guns: Robert Mugabe and the Tragedy of Zimbabwe
by Martin Meredith
recommended for: People interested int the history of Zimbabwe
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A totally accessible scholarly book, Martin Meredith skillfully weaves together Mugabe's biography with the recent history of Zimbabwe. Meredith's access to some of his insiders and dissidents is unparalleled. It's an amazing look at the development ...more
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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
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Probably Oliver Sack's most famous book, and for good reason. It's a fascinating and still wholly relevant look at some of his patients with unusual mental afflictions. Dr. Sacks's work is wholly accessible for laypersons in the field, and he manages ...more
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Mystic Masseur by V.S. Naipaul
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An excellent first novel by Trinidad's nation treasure, you can see him exploring the tragicomic writing style and thematic elements that would be more fully fleshed out in his later novels in this slim book. It's a good introduction to his work, but ...more
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Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
by Alison Bechdel
recommended for: Alison Bechdel fans
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I'm a huge fan of Alison Bechdel's work with her serial comic "Dykes to Watch Out For," so it was a total shock to read this wholly serious comic memoir and story of her parents. Suffice to say that her father lives with a tragic secret, and Alison ...more
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Three Worlds Gone Mad by Robert Young Pelton
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Robert Young Pelton has cheated death so many times it's incredible he's still alive, but we're lucky to have him if only for this one work. It's an adventure tale of his trips to Chechnya, Sierra Leone, and Bougainville, but it's also a ...more
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Equus by Peter Shaffer
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I was originally drawn to this book by the Blonde Redhead song that references it, so I was surprised when I realized what an important work it was. A singularly intense play, it's probably most famous for it's taboo-shattering content. What truly ...more
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Naked and Other Screenplays by Mike Leigh
Naked and Other Screenplays
by Mike Leigh
recommended for: Fans of his films
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This collection of three of Mike Leigh's screenplays - Naked, Life is Sweet, and High Hopes, is a good reference for fans of Mike Leigh and these three films especially. It also comes with a great interview with Mike Leigh that provides excellent ...more
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Talking to the Enemy by Avner Mandelman
Talking to the Enemy: Stories
by Avner Mandelman
recommended for: Fans of "Munich"
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A slim little book with stories about modern-day Israel and Mossad. Thought-provoking and well-written, but way too brief. Avner Mandelman was actually in Mossad and not a professional writer, so unfortunately this is his only book of fiction.
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The Bang Bang Club by Greg Marinovich
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I was introduced to the work of Kevin Carter by, of all things, a Manic Street Preachers song. I'm drawn to read this book by his tragic story but also by the arresting images I've seen that are contained in it.

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