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Beloved by Toni Morrison


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Review: Beloved by Toni Morrison

By on February 26, 2016

124 was spiteful. Full of a baby’s venom.

And thus starts one of the best, yet most devastating, novels I have picked up in a long while. Every time I returned to where I left off, picking the book up to start another reading session, it seemed heavier and burdensome,…


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Review: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

By on February 25, 2016

Bel Canto is a story about love, mostly. Love, music, language, terrorism, friendship – the book definitely doesn’t fail to deliver on those themes.

Set in South America, the story (based on a true story) begins when a large roomful of mostly affluent bureaucrats and CEO’s are taken hostage by terrorists during a…


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Review: Dear America – Early Sunday Morning

By on February 24, 2016

Why: This is the second book that I requested from my library after Joli posted her books from the 1990s article. I was just going to read one of these beloved Dear America books, but then two caught my eye, and let’s be honest, they don’t take long to get…


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Review: Dear America – A City Tossed and Broken

By on February 22, 2016

Why: This book choice was a direct byproduct of Joli’s post on books from the 1990s. I couldn’t help but search my library’s catalog for one (ok, I borrowed two…) of these childhood favorites. This particular title captured my attention because I was recently in the San Francisco area…

Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down


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Review: Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down by Rosecrans Baldwin

By on February 20, 2016

This book is non-fiction, a travelogue written by Rosecrans Baldwin about his experiences as an American ex-pat in Paris. He’s a self-described Francophile, and jumps at the chance to work in Paris as a writer in an advertising agency. There he learns the ups and downs of being a…


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Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

By on February 19, 2016

Magic. Pure magic.

This book…I’m almost at a loss for words! If you haven’t yet read All the Light We Cannot See, it’s imperative that you put it on your TBR list this instant.

Anthony Doerr’s brilliant and captivating style of writing and story-telling blew me away. I was enthralled with…

How Do I Begin


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Review: How Do I Begin? A Hmong American Literary Anthology

By on February 15, 2016

This is two-for-one review for two books I read simultaneously: How Do I Begin? A Hmong American Literary Anthology, as well as the short educational essay, Hmong in Minnesota.
How do I begin my song?
Where do I enter the chorus
when my part is not yet written,
when the conductor won’t point
my…

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


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Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

By on February 11, 2016

There are some books that should just be read aloud. That’s how we’re meant to hear stories — it’s etched into our linguistic history since we first tried to explain the phenomena around us with elaborate stories of gods, goddesses, and magic. Neil Gaiman is one of those authors…

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn


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Review: Geek Love

By on February 10, 2016

What have I been doing with my life?! Why did I wait so long to read this book?! I have been aware of the existence of Geek Love for quite some time. My mother owned it. I remember its place on the bookshelf, one shelf up from the bottom….


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The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

By on February 6, 2016

When this book popped up as the next to be read in my book club, I had no idea what to expect.

See, I like jumping into book club books without reading about them first. I don’t read the synopsis on the inside cover if there is one, and I…

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