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Lisa Frieden
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Aleister Crowley and the Dark Side
In my adolescence, I flirted around the edges of the occult in the superficial way that butterflies sometimes flit among flowers. There was never any deep moments of penetration or real absorption, though I came close enough at one point to encounter someth...
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Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty (2014)
This book really "struck home" so to speak -- what with my sister working at a "center for domestic peace" (as in, safe place for beaten people). It was also interesting to read a story set in Australia, where my stepdad's from, but the issues and people ar...
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Geraldine Brooks - The Secret Chord
Geraldine Brooks writes erudite and wonderfully crafted literature -- I really enjoyed her Caleb's Crossing . She writes historical fiction that is a clear step above a lot of the stuff out there, both in terms of its research and the mastery with which she...
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Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction (2014)
The Sixth Extinction (2014) Elizabeth Kolbert Poignant and thorough, Kolbert traces the history of human impact on the planet and the emergence of this new, strange species that was (and continues to be) unchecked by habitat or geography due to its unique r...
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*<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11291.Chimamanda_Ngozi_Adichie">Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie</a> - <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15796700-americanah?from_search=true">Americanah</a>*
I found Americanah  to be similar to many of the other immigrant novels I've read, but unlike those, which described coming to "America" from China or India, this was the first I've read about immigrants coming from Africa. I confess that I knew very little...
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Ray Bradbury - <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22446537-fahrenheit-451">Fahrenheit 451</a>
After reading Dave Eggers' The Circle , I found myself drawn to reading this book, which so many people have cited to me over the years. Bradbury may not be a "great" writer in the "literary" tradition (whatever pretentious thing that means), but as I read ...
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Dave Eggers - <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18302455-the-circle?from_search=true">The Circle</a>
Dave Eggers' thriller, a futuristic vision of social media and surveillance gone too far: “'Look at our log,' he said, and pointed to a wall-screen, where, on his cue, the logo appeared. 'See how that 'c' in the middle is open? For years it's bothered me, a...
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*Cheryl Strayed's <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12262741-wild?from_search=true">Wild</a>*
I read this memoir, excited to encounter another woman's tale of walking the Sierras in her early 20s, as I did in the early 90s. But what a missed opportunity! Strayed writes of the "wilds" of the Sierras, but I can only use quotation marks for her version...
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<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pragmatism">Pragmatism</a> in <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/865.The_Alchemist">The Alchemist</a> by Paul Coelho
Santiago, more often identified as "the boy" in The Alchemist decides to live his life like a pragmatist. “As he mused about these things [loss of his possessions], he realized that he had to choose between thinking of himself as the poor victim of a thief ...
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Carson McCullers blew my mind with her 1st novel, published in 1940. You can read my review at: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter . For a taste, here is the 2nd to last paragraph of the novel: “The silence in the room was deep as the night itself. Biff stood tra...
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