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10% Happier by Dan   Harris
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As a sceptic towards meditation and such practices who finds herself in an unusual state of unhappy this sounded like something I should try.
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While I'm Falling by Laura Moriarty
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Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli
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The narrator writes a novel based on her years as a translator in NY City. She writes that her younger self became obsessed with the work of early twentieth century poet Gilberto Owen, especially with the brief time Owen lived in NY City.

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Is a collection of charming essays on the books he has recently read or reread. As James puts it, “If you don’t know the exact moment when the lights will go out, you might as well read until they do.” He writes wittily and very personally about rein ...more
The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green
" Pines that whisper? Clouds rushing ominously rather than simply rushing? Why the hurry? "recklessly desperately"? Is that done? Can "recklessly" be qu ...more "
The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu
"I expected that Mathias Malzieu's novel of magical realism, The Boy With the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, would be both quirky and charming, and full of whimsy. It is described as 'a dark and tender fairytale spiced with devilish humour.' I have had the no..." Read more of this review »
How to Practice by Dalai Lama XIV
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The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell
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“When a child is born, I once explained to the kids, some dads lay down bottles of wine for them that will mature when they grow up into ungrateful adults. Instead, what you're going to get from me, as each of you turns sixteen, is a library of the one hundred books that gave me the most pleasure when I was a know-nothing adolescent.”
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Clive James
“And every writer cherishes the dream of setting the young on fire, even if only by a cigarette butt tossed casually over the shoulder, and when we meet young people who say that they were inspired by what we said to rush off and read the books we were talking about, we can congratulate ourselves for all those guilty hours when, the last two left after a long lunch, we went on arguing about everything we knew.”
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In 2015 I want to read more diversely, which for me means, I want to read more books by authors from different continents. So every second month I'll ...more
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