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Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories by Sherman Alexie
Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories

Charles Sanderson, January 1, 2013

Junot Diaz is right there, but Sherman Alexie continues to create protagonists who have never found the page before, giving voice to the voiceless over and over again.
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The Instructions by Adam Levin
The Instructions

Charles Sanderson, September 10, 2011

The Instructions is a 1000 page behemoth that reads like a ninety-eight page novella. You won't put it down; you'll forgo sleep; and you'll be satisfied yet hungry for more when you finally hit the finish line.
If you liked Helen DeWitt's The Last Samurai, you'll love Levin's narrator Gurion Maccabee as he inspires the revolution that every wicked smart, middle school malcontent dreams of.
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Lean on Pete (P.S.) by Willy Vlautin
Lean on Pete (P.S.)

Charles Sanderson, January 1, 2011

Vlautin's characters have me cheering for them and wincing at the same time. I find myself squinting as I read: nervous, excited, afraid and hopeful of what will happen next.

Vlautin captures place. He captures people. His pen is cinematic, and this novel reads as though there is a big screen in front of me filled with fractured light and characters I want to spend more time with.

This is the book that I've given to friends, foes, and my father. I've started going to Portland Meadows, betting the long shots and getting lucky with a trifecta here and there. You don't need luck, however, to read the best book of year, just read Lean on Pete.
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Charles Sanderson, January 2, 2010

Simply, the very best book I've read.
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