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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors



Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
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    Sherwood Nation

    Benjamin Parzybok 9781618730862

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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Rules of Civility

Allison Rice, January 2, 2013

"Right choices, by definition, are the means by which life crystallizes loss."

It is rare indeed that a book can so elegantly summarize itself, but there is great elegance to this book all the way through, so this inclusion is no great surprise.

Amor Towles creates a landscape in the mind -- to the point where I (and others in my book club) were having dreams about being in New York in 1937 alongside Katey. Unlike many other books, he doesn't draw this landscape through pages of detailed description; instead, it's so delicately interwoven into the story that the setting seems to arise out of the air of its own accord. In the same way, the characters aren't specified in detail but instead you are given such a strong impression of their person that they feel absolutely known. I felt this book deeply on every page, and I look forward to my next reading, get lost on the streets of Manhattan through the seasons.
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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus

Allison Rice, January 3, 2012

t seems that, every year, I get to read one truly great book, two excellent books, three very good books, and then a bunch of acceptable, tolerable, mediocre and disappointing books. In 2007, I made new life-long friends named Henry and Claire in The Time Traveler’s Wife. In 2008, I fell in love with Ann Patchett’s writing when I read Bel Canto. In 2009, I followed Daniel around Barcelona in The Shadow of the Wind. Last year, I found beauty in numbers in The Housekeeper and the Professor. This year, I traveled around the world with Celia and Marco and so many other delightful people in The Night Circus. It’s the kind of book where you can’t put it down but you also don’t want it to end. It’s the kind of book that you finish and want to immediately re-read from the beginning. I cannot wait to go back to the circus.
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