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Marie Cloutier
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Book influencer, crafter, cat lady, ISTJ, Francophile. Blogging since '07. Sometimes background actor. Opinions my own. She/her.
Book influencer, crafter, cat lady, ISTJ, Francophile. Blogging since '07. Sometimes background actor. Opinions my own. She/her.

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Review: SELECTION DAY, by Aravind Adiga
Selection Day , by Aravind Adiga. Published 2017 by Scribner. Literary Fiction. As a big fan of Aravind Adiga's 2008 Booker Prize winning novel The White Tiger , I was really excited to get a hold of an early copy of his latest, Selection Day , and I didn't...

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What's New On the Shelf
Well it's time for a new edition of "What's New on the Shelf." This month I've added a cookbook, two novels and a memoir. 2084 is the latest from Boualem Sansal, of Harraga and The German Mujahid fame. It's an homage to 1984 and a dystopia set in a country ...

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Review: A VERY EXPENSIVE POISON, by Luke Harding
A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvenenko and Putin's War with the West , by Luke Harding. Published 2017 by Vintage. Nonfiction. If you want to read something that will keep you up at night , A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassinat...

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Review: DINNER, by César Aira
Dinner , by César Aira. Published 2015 by New Directions. Translated from the Spanish by Katherine Silver. Literary Fiction. So, as regular readers of this blog may know, César Aira is one of my favorite contemporary writers, but he's definitely not for eve...

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
I read two short books this week- Dinner , by Cesar Aira, which I can already tell you will be on my list of this year's best reads, and The Gun , by Fujimori Nakamura, which will be on some kind of list but I'm not sure what. And I finished A Fifty Year Si...

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Movie Review: HIDDEN FIGURES
Hidden Figures (2016). Dir: Theodore Melfi. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe. PG. When I sat down to see Hidden Figures , the previews included a movie about a little girl math prodigy whose parents are split over how to bring he...

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It's Monday (Or Tuesday!) What Are You Reading?
So I waited a day to update because I was thisclose to finishing Selection Day and I wanted to have something new to tell you about. I did finish it late last night, and started on a new book to boot. I decided to treat myself to a César Aira book, since I ...

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Review: THE MOST DANGEROUS BOOK, by Kevin Birmingham
The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses , by Kevin Birmingham. Published 2015 by Penguin. Nonfiction. Reading The Most Dangerous Book is probably the closest I'll ever get to reading Ulysses , and that's fine with me. I've never really...

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Well it's been quite a week all around. I finished Born A Crime (reviewed on Friday) and A Very Expensive Poison (coming this week). So that leaves room for some new reads! I'm full-bore into Selection Day , by Aravind Adiga, which is a darkly funny story a...

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Review: BORN A CRIME, by Trevor Noah
Born A Crime , by Trevor Noah. Published 2016 by Spiegl & Grau. Nonfiction, memoir. I'm a fan of Trevor Noah, host of "The Daily Show," but I would have read this book in any case. Born A Crime is a memoir of his childhood in South Africa and a very particu...
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