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Losing track again
The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin a couple of other titles, but I can't remember what
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UNSPEAKABLE and Other Subjects of Discussion by Meghan Daum
So-so. Kick-ass first essay about her relationship with her mother, followed by more mundane offerings, ending with two strong ones--one a paean to Los Angeles, and one about nearly dying. Some great writing, but too much that doesn't rise above the me-me-m...
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A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS by Marlon James
Excellent! I tend to be a skipper. Somewhere midway through or so, I start paging forward, skimming large
chunks of a book, then slow down to preview a part I’m not up to yet, then go
back to where I left off and read forward. Or I page back and reread, whe...
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BETWEEN YOU & ME: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
Instead of a rating, I give this book a white privilege alert . Reader, beware. Norris, a copyediting diva for The New Yorker , has written a memoir that offers the kind of a
fine-tooth comb examination of every day grammar and punctuation that is fascinati...
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BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Very good Coates is possibly the most important writer on race in this
country today. I read everything he publishes in The Atlantic, and find him
keenly insightful and illuminating, as well as eloquent. Between the World and Me delivers in some ways, but n...
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ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr, BATTLEBORN by Claire Vaye Watkins; STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel; LOVING DAY by Mat Johnson
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr Very Good It’s hard to put down this tender, suspenseful, nicely
crafted novel, set in WWII Europe. On the other hand, Pulitzer Prize winner?
There’s the brave, clever blind girl, who’s part of the French resista...
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GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee, Chapter One
I didn’t want to do it to her… but I did. I read Chapter One
of Nelle Harper Lee's new/old book. The chapter was released a few days ago by the Wall Street
Journal, which is owned by News Corp, also the parent company of the book’s
publisher, HarperCollins....
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HOTEL DU LAC by Anita Brookner
Stellar What was contemporary fiction like before we packed everyone
off to MFA factories to practice literary pyrotechnics? The cottage I’m in this month has the best library of any of
the scores of vacation houses I’ve rented in my life. I arrived with my...
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THE NEW JIM CROW by Michelle Alexander; QUIET by Susan Cain; A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA by Anthony Marra; THE DUKE OF DECEPTION by Geoffrey Wolfe; DEPLOYMENT by Phil Klay; Lonely Planet Cambodia
Oh, dear. I haven’t updated my reading blog since January.
Can’t remember what I was reading six months ago; going to have to chalk up a
few lost titles. Last five I remember (plus LP Cambodia with the hopes that
it’s the next adventure) are: THE NEW JIM CR...
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LOVE, DISHONOR, MARRY, DIE, CHERISH, PERISH by David Rakoff; BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS: LIFE, DEATH, AND HOPE IN A MUMBAI UNDERCITY by Katherine Boo
LOVE, DISHONOR, MARRY, DIE, CHERISH, PERISH by David Rakoff Deserves every syllable of adulation it’s getting in the
press. Rakoff tells the stories of nine Americans over the course of the last
century. Lest that sound like a sprawling epic, these are slen...
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