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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
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I enjoyed it. Would read her again. Good characters, not entirely predictable, etc.
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NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
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by Joe Hill (Goodreads Author)
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His obsession with motorcycles really came through.
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Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim
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Very fascinating look inside North Korea. I think the author was personally offended by the very existence of North Korea, but I guess we should all be offended by it. There were some moments of odd cultural naivete when it came to non-Asian/American ...more
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
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Great young adult novel. Read it on the beach in a few hours. There was laughter and tearing up. It was very real, without being preachy. Good stuff.
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Getting There by Gillian Zoe Segal
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It was interesting to see the different stories of success. They started to become a little repetitive, but that was interesting in its own way. The constant salesmen/saleswomen gigs. The constant failures. Even to the point of having nothing. The re ...more
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Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani
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It was an interesting look at the revolution then and now. The last chapter with Reza and Neda was definitely the best. A lot of the love stories seemed... distracting from the overall message, but theirs was poignant. I got the point of Dante/Forugh ...more
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The Flea Palace by Elif Shafak
The Flea Palace
by Elif Shafak (Goodreads Author)
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I was not fond of the translator. Some of the sentences were just way too much work to grammatically untangle. That aside, some of the characters were totally random and unnecessary and confusing in their inclusion. There was zero significance to the ...more
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The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins
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Interesting read. I think by now a lot of the things he's sharing are not necessarily earth-shattering news, but it's still cool to see it from an inside perspective. Slightly preachy though.
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The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland
The Gum Thief
by Douglas Coupland (Goodreads Author)
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It amused me sometimes, but also annoyed me. It gets old to read about characters who don't know what they're doing with their lives. I mostly enjoyed the novel within the novel that the character was writing. That could have been a better novel.
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David Mitchell
“Whoever opined "Money can't buy you happiness" obviously had far too much of the stuff.”
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“Just the place to bury a crock of gold,' said Sebastian. 'I should like to bury something precious in every place where I've been happy and then, when I was old and ugly and miserable, I could come back and dig it up and remember.”
Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder

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